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Gilbert's El Indio on 26th and Pico

kevin Feb 27, 2009 09:19 PM

Is this mexican joint any good? if so what's good to get?

is it sit down or fast food, for some reason i couldn't really tell but have been passing by here for ages upon ages and then some.


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    jessejames Feb 28, 2009 09:24 AM

    I love it. They do a burrito with chile relleno and lots of tasty chiles and burritos and enchiladas. Try a "super mule" burrito which is topped with a green chile sauce and cheese, the carnitas plate, done standard with rice beans and tortillas or try em all. Family run and nice folks/service, all cash, good margueritas/cold brew...i find it a very tasty spot.

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    1. re: jessejames
      Servorg Feb 28, 2009 03:54 PM

      It's good Mex-Am food. If you like an even more spicy salsa than their normal one (I like it and their chips) they have a kicked up choice called "El Diablo" and it's quite delicious without being over the top hot.

      1. re: Servorg
        kevin Mar 1, 2009 07:25 AM

        is it at all tex-mex-ish? with heavily sauced, cheesy enchiladas?


        1. re: kevin
          Servorg Mar 1, 2009 07:28 AM

          It has element of Tex-Mex, but I would call it heavily Tex-Mex. I get confused between Mex-Am and Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex food - but you won't break the bank eating there and it is probably worth a try. I tend to go for breakfast and have them do a burrito with just chorizo, egg and avocado with red sauce/cheese on top and then add the "el diablo" salsa to taste.

          1. re: Servorg
            kevin Mar 1, 2009 12:36 PM

            Will hit it up then. But not for breakfast.

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      emosbaugh Feb 28, 2009 10:13 AM

      they make the greatest chicken hard shell tacos in the world

      1. PinotPlease Feb 28, 2009 03:51 PM

        Weekend birrea (sp?) stew is quite delish as are their home made chips. It's been a couple years since I've last been but was a great Saturday morning hangover brunch in my wild westside days. Back then they had a great and cheap jukebox as well.

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          PaliBruin Mar 1, 2009 03:21 PM

          Very good Cal/Mex food all around. I've been eating there for 25 years.

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            dinami Mar 25, 2009 12:01 PM

            I love their molten gooey cheese enchilada. Question - How long do you think the wait would be for a 7pm arrival time on a Saturday?

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              mollyomormon Mar 25, 2009 12:11 PM

              It'll depend on the size of your group, but probably around 30 minutes. Love Fernando's burrito with a side of diablo sauce. Also love their chilaquiles at breakfast with a bloody maria...
              As I write this, I'm realizing I've probably eaten here more than any other restaurant in LA!

              1. re: mollyomormon
                Servorg Mar 25, 2009 06:57 PM

                Don't forget to ask for your Fernando Burrito SANS lettuce (an abomination).

                1. re: Servorg
                  mollyomormon Mar 26, 2009 12:15 PM

                  Just make sure you don't say that in front of Fernando ;)

                  1. re: mollyomormon
                    Servorg Mar 26, 2009 12:50 PM

                    I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings but there is just something about hot lettuce that is completely unappetizing to me. I don't hold against those that like it (molly!). ;-D>

                    1. re: Servorg
                      mollyomormon Mar 26, 2009 12:56 PM

                      It's definitely an odd addition to the burrito. I admit that I like it, but I can completely see how others would find it totally offputting. I mean, it's hot lettuce!

            2. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 25, 2009 12:10 PM

              I really like their chile verde. And their marinated carrots are addictive. Oh yeah...and their margaritas.

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