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Feb 27, 2009 09:19 PM

Gilbert's El Indio on 26th and Pico

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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  1. 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

      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

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


        1. re: kevin

          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

            Will hit it up then. But not for breakfast.

    2. they make the greatest chicken hard shell tacos in the world

      1. 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.

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

          1. 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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            1. re: dinami

              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

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

                1. re: Servorg

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

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    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

                      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!