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Poquito Mas, better known as an upscale Baja Fresh, now open in Sherman Oaks

carter Sep 18, 2008 06:36 PM

Yes, Poquito Mas finally opened the doors today at 13920 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, basically across the street from McDonalds and 711 in the former Ventura Club building(About 3-4 blocks west of Woodman Avenue).
Reallllly looks nice, with about 50-60 seats, two tv screens with no sound going about 15 minutes ago, and per their menu, nothing over $9.95, with most items much less.
www.poquitomas.com for menu details.
No beer/wine/tequila here, however.

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    GK in SO RE: carter Sep 18, 2008 07:21 PM

    I've always found their food to be just so-so, kind of flavorless...I don't know, maybe it's me, but I'd take Baja Fresh over PM any day. Their food is just tastier.

    I have eaten at both the Burbank and Studio City PM locations, don't know if there's any difference, or if this new one (since it's in my backyard) might be worth one visit?

    Carter, and others, what do you order from PM? Maybe I just have been ordering the wrong thing!

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      aventinus RE: GK in SO Sep 18, 2008 07:35 PM

      Yeah, I actually prefer Baja Fresh over Poquito Mas because Poquito Mas is flavorless, despite the fact that I agree Poquito Mas is an upscale Baja Fresh.

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        maxzook RE: GK in SO Sep 18, 2008 08:31 PM

        Poquito Mas on Magnolia used to be my favorite Mexican in the area, but it's gone way downhill while Baja Fresh remains reliable.

        Do any of the PMs have wine and beer? I know NH and SC don't ...

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          carter RE: maxzook Sep 18, 2008 08:38 PM

          Yes, Torrance, Woodland Hills, Olympic/Westwood Blvds in WLA, and Valencia town center area in Santa Clarita.
          Funny, I find their salsas much more flavorful than those at Baja Fresh. Think Chipotle does both of them one up, though.
          As to ingredients, PM has good ingredients with fresh tortillas and good salsas - good chow!
          Maybe a bit sanitary for some, especially if you are used to the taco truck taste.

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            Debbie W RE: carter Sep 18, 2008 09:16 PM

            Well, it's nice they finally got something into that building, but I'm not a fan of Poquito Mas. I used to eat at the one on Westwood Blvd. every now and again when I worked in the area, but I never really liked it too much. Not such good chow, IMO. What's going into the old Barone's block on Ventura? Any restaurants?

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              carter RE: Debbie W Sep 18, 2008 09:21 PM

              Doubtful anything in this economy. Cannot fund any project unless from internal financing. Now if Whole Foods bought it and was just building its own grocery store on the site...

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                Local RE: Debbie W Sep 18, 2008 09:57 PM

                what carter said...City entitlements approved in '05 for mixed use residential and commercial with 10,500 sf supposedly dedicated for restaurant use...so guess we're all still waiting to see what new Italian or sushi place will open on the boulevard...

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          Dogbite Williams RE: carter Sep 18, 2008 08:50 PM

          I prefer Sharky's (SEC Burbank @ Fulton) over both Poquito Mas and Baja Fresh. The salsas really excel.

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            compucook RE: Dogbite Williams Sep 18, 2008 11:14 PM

            Ditto, ditto and ditto. I find PM flavorless and not like the old days. Baja is reliable, but I'm also liking some things at La Salsa too. But Sharkey's tends to be my favorite place.

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              carter RE: compucook Sep 19, 2008 04:43 AM

              Baja and La Salsa are now under the same ownership!

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              Moose RE: Dogbite Williams Sep 19, 2008 12:40 PM

              I want to like Sharky's but their food is SO salty...including their otherwise very good salsas.

              As for Poquito Mas, I find their food overall devoid of flavor...they seem to miss the mark for me.

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              ns1 RE: carter Sep 19, 2008 08:27 AM

              Their burritos and chips are pretty good for what they are, but their salsas are worthelss.

              1. Jigsaw RE: carter Sep 19, 2008 09:13 AM

                The only thing I've tried at PM is their Ahi Burrito, and have enjoyed them everytime. Not sure about anything else there.

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                  Jwsel RE: carter Sep 19, 2008 09:43 AM

                  Not exactly a significant improvement on the south valley Mexican scene. For the area, I think people would be better served driving over to Kester and Magnolia to Pico Pica Rico or going up Hazeltine to Oxnard and Tacos El Jerezano.

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                    la tache burger RE: carter Sep 19, 2008 10:01 AM

                    I used to go to the one on Westwood, cause I had a friend who loved it. I enjoyed the ahi burrito, and the grilled vegetable burrito. Will certainly try the Sherman Oaks, as I live there.

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                      la tache burger RE: carter Sep 19, 2008 10:02 AM

                      Oh and I've had a few disastrous burritos from Baja Fresh in Sherman Oaks. The most consistent BF in my experience is Bev Hills. But again, these are years ago experiences.

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                        Debbie W RE: la tache burger Sep 19, 2008 12:00 PM

                        I think the Baja Fresh by the Bistro Garden at Coldwater Canyon is better than the one at La Reina, for whatever reason. Although my personal experience with either has been really limited of late.

                      2. 1newyorkguy RE: carter Sep 19, 2008 01:04 PM

                        PM makes their own tortillas, which are MUCH better than BF. Unfortunately their salsas are terrible..some tasting poisonous. Sharkey's definitely has great salsa and uses organic meats, but their stuff sometimes seems overly gringo-fied if you know what I mean.

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