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I am meeting a friend for dinner and I am not familiar with the area. Looking for good, cheap mexican food and beer. No chains please!

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  1. La Fogata, on Van Nuys Blvd. just south of Magnolia. Inexpensive, extensive menu and the beer is cold.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks

      Bingo, Bob!

      LF, plus also Tony's Mexican Grill, right down the street on Magnolia and Coldwater Canyon.

      LF is a little more Americanized/old style mexican food, while Tony's is more the "fresh Mex" concept, with fish and shrimp dishes on the menu along with the normal carne asada, pollo, carnitas, etc.

      Either one is exactly what you're looking for. LF's beer is kept really nice and cold, just the way it s/b done especially on hot summer days like these!

    2. Salsa & Beer in Encino, next door, also fits the bill.

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      1. re: Citron58

        Salsa and Beer is my all time favorite Mexican restaurant, cheap and delicious, especially anything with shrimp- the best!! Great chips and at least 6 different salsas. They also serve beer in giant bottles... It's on White Oak at Vanowen.

        1. re: mushky

          I had excellent shrimp fajitas here.

        2. re: Citron58

          I am going to just come out and admit it -- I am addicted to the S&B Carnitas Tacos like they're made of crack.

          I'm not well-versed enough on Carnitas to tell you if these are a higher art form, but they are lip-smackingly good.

        3. Pico Pica Rico on Magnolia just east of Kester... May be a BYOB situation, though.

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          1. re: FranklinJefferson

            Pico Pica doesn't serve beer and really has no atmosphere in which to actually enjoy your meal. Also, on a hot day I'm not sure that their air conditioning is quite up to par.

            Another place I forgot to mention is Bronco, on Woodman and Moorpark. They have a nice seafood selection along with all the other usual suspects.

            1. re: Bob Brooks

              BB - Bronco has been sold, and an ABC posting notice is atop the angled glass window facing the intersection, up high under the awning. They have been trying to sell it forever as it has really never done well.
              Note: They have some kind of an operation in the market on the NE corner of Burbank & Hazeltine where the deli used to be about 5 or so years ago that was all the rage for about 15 minutes - I am sure you remember the concept if not the name.

            2. re: FranklinJefferson

              I really like Pico Pica Rico, but I seriously doubt it's what the OP wants. It's a taqueria -- order at the counter and, if you eat there, take one of the three tables. They do not serve alcohol. La Fogata is also order at the counter, but the eating area is probably more what the OP wants.

              I would probably recommend La Fogata. The only other places that come to mind are Casa Vega (bad food) and Senor Fred (overpriced, imo).

              There are a few mariscos restaurants going a little north into Van Nuys, but I have never tried them.