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Looking for Mexican Coke in/near West LA

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alflauren Jul 21, 2009 09:17 AM

I would really love to get a case of the stuff in glass bottles. I would be fine with a case of cans if that's all that's around. Does anyone know where to find it?

I am willing to go into the valley, down to Redondo, or over to mid-Wilshire as the bounds of my search. I searched on the board, and a lot of people say Costco has it, so I went to the one in Marina. But I didn't see it near the regular Coke, and a worker didn't know what the hell I was talking about.

Any ideas? Thanks!!

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  1. Mattapoisett in LA Jul 21, 2009 09:32 AM

    Last time I checked Beverage Warehouse off of Culver Bl near the 90 has it by the case among other things. though they don't have others like mexican sprite which we got at a mercado on Venice at Mclaughlin.

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    4935 McConnell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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      duck833 Jul 21, 2009 09:41 AM

      I noticed my Costco has it in bottles now.

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        Robert Thornton Jul 21, 2009 10:18 AM

        I'm not on the westside, but I've seen in in several Targets, on the food aisle with the Mexican stuff by the Jarritos.

        I've bought it before at Wine Expo on Santa Monica Blvd. Roberto there seems to be a fan and I'm sure he could get it for you.

        I've never seen it in cans, only glass bottles.

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          BruinGal Jul 21, 2009 10:27 AM

          I don't know about a case, but as far as restaurants go, I've noticed that Bella Pita on Westwood Blvd. has it in glass bottles (for the same price as other sodas). Maybe they can give you a tip?

          1. Kitchen Queen Jul 21, 2009 11:12 AM

            Vallarta Markets have piles of it all in glass bottles!!

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              carter Jul 21, 2009 11:57 AM

              To the point that last weekend, the one on Victory & Woodley was sold out of it by 3pm. Popular stuff -all shops should just get rid of that other stuff from said producer, and carrry only the Mexican version!!!

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              foodhappy Jul 21, 2009 12:48 PM

              They have it at BevMo in Van Nuys on Sepulveda Blvd.

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                alflauren Jul 21, 2009 01:56 PM

                Thanks everyone. I have to run to LAX and back today, so a few of these spots are on my way. I will report any interesting finds.

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                  monku Jul 21, 2009 04:51 PM

                  The only interesting thing would be places that don't carry it.
                  They even have it at 7-11.
                  Costco's in Alhambra and Los Feliz have it by the case. $18/case of 12? + CRV

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                    alflauren Jul 21, 2009 07:08 PM

                    Well, nothing interesting, but Beverage Warehouse has it by the case/24 or individually. Three cases available...now two!

                    Thanks, all.

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                    uvbeenframed Jul 21, 2009 03:55 PM

                    Try the 99 cent store. I purchased a load of it there sometime ago. Yes, its in the tall thin glass bottles.

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                      josephnl Jul 21, 2009 05:04 PM

                      Please...for those of us who don't know...what is special about "Mexican Coke". Is it indeed simply Coca-Cola which is made in Mexico? How is it different from Coke made in the U.S.?

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                        J.L. Jul 21, 2009 05:22 PM

                        Coca Cola made in Mexico uses cane sugar for sweetener, whereas the American-made Coca-Cola uses the cheaper high fructose corn syrup. Reading the ingredient list on each bottle will easily discern the difference.

                        The decrease in taste quality from using the corn syrup is noticeable to many Chowhounds (including myself). And thus, we seek out "the Coke of our childhood", using cane sugar as sweetener (now made in Mexico) - it simply tastes much better.

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                          monku Jul 21, 2009 05:28 PM

                          Childhood days or not, cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup drinks are just too sweet for me.
                          Diet Coke for me.

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                            carter Jul 21, 2009 06:56 PM

                            Ah, yes, bring on the chemicals.
                            Water is my diet drink of choice.

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                            josephnl Jul 21, 2009 07:29 PM

                            Thanks for clarifying this for me. I'm a Pepsi drinker, but now that you tell me, I do remember Coca-Cola in my childhood tasting different from the way it tastes now...and I never knew why!

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                              a_and_w Jul 22, 2009 08:08 AM

                              Pepsi Throwback is supposedly made with can sugar.

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                                Mattapoisett in LA Jul 22, 2009 09:20 AM

                                Throwback's Run ended June 15th. though supposedly Pepsi Natural can be found [though my pavilions was out] and that has cane sugar.

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                              bulavinaka Jul 21, 2009 07:39 PM

                              Please read the label on the Mexican Cokes before making your purchase. I was at Mariscos Chente and ordered a Coke for one of my kids. It was from Mexico, had the little white paper label stuck on it, and the sweetener was HFCS, not cane sugar.

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                                monku Jul 21, 2009 08:36 PM

                                Funny, something else to watch out for.
                                Maybe they're getting smart down there and realizing it cheaper to use HFCS.

                                Maybe some of those white paper labels accidently fall off before they reach the USA.

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                                  a_and_w Jul 22, 2009 08:09 AM

                                  Yep, I've noticed this too.

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                                    a213b Jul 23, 2009 11:30 PM

                                    I was at Galco's last weekend and noticed all of his Cokes have HFCS. My guess is that some bottlers are using it while others are still using Cane Sugar.

                                    Do make sure to look though, and I can only hope that the Mexican bottlers do not switch over to HFCS ... that would be just completely devastating.

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                                jaymor Jul 22, 2009 07:18 AM

                                pepsi came out with the 'throwback' special which recently ended.....was that a marketing test ......does anybody know if pepsi plans to bring it back on a permanent basis.....

                                i have never had mexican coke....is the resulting difference similar to that of pepsi to pepsi throwback?

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                                  J.L. Jul 22, 2009 07:33 AM

                                  Father's Office (Helms location) serves cane sugar Coke.

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                                    Mattapoisett in LA Jul 22, 2009 09:21 AM

                                    It's a more noticeable in coke than in Pepsi. As for Cane sugar in Pepsi see my note above.

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                                    chef74 Jul 23, 2009 07:30 PM

                                    i have seen it at a few of the smart and finals in west la (on venice blvd near motor, on lincoln in venice, perhaps the one in santa monica, too)

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                                      angelatmytable Oct 27, 2009 11:51 AM

                                      I've just posted on a couple of other threads that the Inglewood Costco is no longer carrying Mexican Coke & said none of their other stores are either. They sold it for less than $20.00 a case w/tax & CRV. Is this the truth? My price point is a $1.00 a bottle or less so if someone knows where to buy The Real Thing in the South Bay area please share. Also for those who suspect that they may be buying HFCS Mexican Coke look on the bottle cap for AZUCARES & you should be fine. Thanks.

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