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Jul 15, 2009 10:38 PM

Decent Mexican food between LAX and Culver City, open past 10.

I'm picking up a friend at LAX to take her to the Tattle Tale room and the Scarlet Lady (I know, I know, I'm a classy broad,) on Sepulveda. She really wants to get some good Mexican food first. Her plane is supposed to land around 8, meaning she won't be in my car until 8:30PM or so.

Any suggestions of where to go to eat?


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  1. Would Monte Alban be out of the way?

    1. Since your talking a very short drive between LAX and your ultimate destination (7 miles or so) that makes your request a little more challenging. Is this tonight? I would assume that LAX Tacos in Inglewood would be open, but they are basically a drive-thru with a few tables outside. If it's on a Friday or Saturday night I would say change your food preference a bit and give Derrick's Jamaican a try. Open till 10 PM on Fri & Sat.

      Derrick's Jamaican Cuisine
      6806 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      LAX Tacos
      543 W Arbor Vitae St, Inglewood, CA 90301

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      1. re: Servorg

        I'd like to try that place some other time. Unfortunately, my guest REALLY wants Mexican food as soon as she gets off the plane. I'll keep poking around!

        1. re: annalulu

          I just had another thought (don't know why I didn't think of it earlier in the process) but if your guest likes well executed Mexican-American food then Paco's on Manchester just barely east of Sepulveda (which means it is directly on your path to Sepulveda & Sawtelle in Culver City) would be a great choice. There are some other benefits to Paco's as well. Delicious house made tortillas and the fact that they do cochinita pibl and some other atypical dishes. And the cherry on top of the Sundae is that they are open until 10 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11 PM on Friday and Saturday (please check those hours directly with the restaurant to make sure that they are still accurate if you decide that this is the right place).

          Paco's Tacos Cantina
          6212 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

      2. Pachanga on the south side of LAX, (Imperial HWY and Main St. El Segundo), is open until midnight. This place is a takeout only dive, but the carnitas tacos and ceviche are excellent!

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        1. re: jeffandnat

          Is that so....? I've driven by this place for months now, but read some less-than-stellar reviews on "other" food sites. Maybe I'll give the carnitas and ceviche a try.

          As for the original post, assuming you haven't picked up your friend yet you might also try the Paco's near Washington and Centinela. I find this Paco's to be better than the Machester location, but a lot more crowded with limited parking. Might be closer to your "dive bar jaunt" when coming from Scarlett Lady and Tattle Tale (Sawtelle to culver to Centinela). Just a thought.

          1. re: cagey

            I agree, I like the Centinela Paco's a lot better too. Or La Cabana which is not in Culver City but about 5 min away on Lincoln and Rose is pretty good. And open until like 3! And if you like margaritas, you have to try them at either of these places!!

        2. In Culver City you can go to Tacos Don Jorge on Venice near La Cienega. Not the classiest of places, but much safer and WORLDS tastier than taking her to LAX Tacos at that time of night.


          Tacos Don Jorge
          8693 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          1. La Cabana on Lincoln and Rose is really good and they serve food until 3am every day!

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            1. re: sailorbelle

              I second La Cabana. It's not that far out of the way, just a few blocks north of Venice.

              La Cabana Restaurant
              738 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291