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Just got a Frida Bev. Hills dinner as a KCRW Premium. Is it good?

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I donated $75 and will sometime in the next 8 weeks get a certificate for a dinner for two (probably around $50, i guess)

I've never been. Can someone tell me what it's like?

I searched the boards and there are mostly good comments.

Anyone been recently?

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  1. Frida is wonderful! It's a Mexican restaurant, upscale-- very nice.

    Fruity margaritas... a nice thick tortilla soup... My favorite dish there is the chicken mole. The enchiladas are good too, but I think they would be better with mole sauce than whatever red sauce they actually serve. Once I was in the restaurant and talking to one of their regular patrons who highly recommended their fish dishes.

    What else did you want to know? Enjoy your dinner!

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    1. re: avivale

      Will $50 feed two hungry people well? Do you get good chips and Salsa?

      Also, where does one park.

      I'm leery of Beverly Hills being to rich for me!

      1. re: Brussels Sprout

        There is a nice big public lot near Frida... Just be on the look out. Also, the Carnitas are to die for!

        $50 should cover the food... get fancy with the drinks... that is where they get you...

        http://www.fridarestaurant.com/beverl...

        --Dommy!

        1. re: Brussels Sprout

          The chips are addictive. You get two bowls with different types of salsa. (I think it's two? I remember a red and a green. Sorry, I'm not a salsa connoisseur.)

          Aside from the public parking lot, you can frequently find street parking within a block or two (particularly southwards). Of course that depends when you go.

          1. re: Brussels Sprout

            "I'm leery of Beverly Hills being to rich for me!"

            HA! (just moved from there)
            Pretend you're a tourist like everyone else - you'll blend in fine.
            Or wear sunglasses and a baseball cap and pretend you're a celebrity??

            I've think I've posted this before, but this place serves great Mexican food and stiff drinks at about 20% more than what you'd really feel like paying. I.e., a perfect place to spend a gift certificate! The cochinita pibil tacos are excellent (be careful of the habaneros which are numbing), as are the enchiladas. Parking's actually easy - there's a cheap pay lot a few doors up.

            Good coffee/dessert options nearby, incl. Urth Cafe, on that same block, or Leonidas up at Charleville.

        2. Love the Rib Eye soft tacos.

          1. The first year was delicious! Last two times we've been, not very
            good. Take that premium and get a coupla' great Cadilliac Margaritas,consitantly good,
            and their guac and is good also.

            1. Scroll down to the bottom and read "The Rotten Tomato: Frida Mexican cuisine at the americana" Says it all for me.

              http://www.lamag.com/eat/blog.aspx?dt...

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              1. re: laeditormatthew

                Frida at Americana is vastly inferior compared to Frida in BH. I asked the bartender in the BH branch why that might be, and he thought maybe the food quality suffers because it's a much larger restaurant and they have to handle so much more volume.

              2. i went to Frida's in september and found the food to be very good. had the tortilla soup and i believe a chicken entree (can't remember which, but it came with cactus) my dad had something with steak and a salad. both of us found the food to be excellent, with good portions (not huge but not too small). the guac and the 2 salsas are very yummy - after a while we had to tell them not to bring more chips! always a good sign.

                not my favorite mexican in L.A. but a very satisfying meal all around. i would definitely return and recommend it to friends.