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best chilaquiles

bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:25 AM

I live in Sherman Oaks and wonder where I can find authentic chilaquiles that are not Gringo-ized and that I don't have to spend a tankful of gas to find. Thoughts?

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  1. Tom P RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:30 AM

    I love chilaquiles and eat them everywhere. The best I have had, by far, are in Hollywood at Loteria Grill. Get the ones with green sauce. You will think you have died and gone to heaven:


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      Burger Boy RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:34 AM

      Try the lady at The Hollywood Farmer's Market on sunday. She is on the street that runs parallel to Sunset and between Ivar & Cahuenga, south side of street. She isolder lady and sons work with her, she is next to the crepe stand. Really good IMHO. I hear Pepe's Galley in the Mar Vista Bowl also makes great ones.

      1. Bob Brooks RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:38 AM

        Close to Sherman Oaks try La Fogata on Van Nuys and Hugo's on Riverside.

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          BearCity RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:40 AM

          When I lived in Sherman Oaks a few years ago, I used to enjoy the chilaquiles at the Bronco Restaurant on Woodman. Haven't had them at La Fogata, but their burritos are very good, so that may be a good bet also.

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            burntwater RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:53 AM

            Can someone enlighten me on the difference in a gringo version vs a truly authentic one.

            I had the ones at Pepy's before they were fine but I would not know if I had a excellent interpretation of the dish or an americanized one.


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              ktkay RE: burntwater Sep 1, 2009 12:12 PM

              gringo chilaquiles are like nachos with enchilada sauce on top. authentic are strips of tortilla chips that have been cooked in the sauce until they are soft - they aren't crispy

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                Jase RE: ktkay Sep 2, 2009 05:00 PM

                Well, if the crispy ones at Pepy's are gringofied, they are still darn tasty. Actually they're sort of in between, not completely soft but have a bit of a snap. It's almost like the crust of a lasagna.

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                  annapurna7 RE: Jase Sep 4, 2009 11:09 AM

                  That's how they should be. I've always had them like that in Mexico. :)

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                    Burger Boy RE: Jase Sep 4, 2009 11:16 AM

                    That is exactly how I have had them at authentic hole in the wall places, soft yet crispy!

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                schrutefarms RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 11:58 AM

                I love the chilliquilles at Basix Cafe in Weho....probably gringo-ized, but pretty darn tasty...

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                  alnyden RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 01:34 PM

                  Cha Cha Cha in SIlverlake.

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                    waxfondler RE: alnyden Sep 1, 2009 01:53 PM

                    Los Tres Hermanos has good Chilaquiles. I get the Verde sauce. There are 2 locations- Van Nuys and North Hills.

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                      kellydeez RE: waxfondler Sep 1, 2009 05:25 PM

                      I second Cha Cha Cha and Hugo's. Also, if anyone is in Palm Springs, I just had an amazing batch at the Ace Hotel Diner. Yes, they were AMAZING.

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                    paprkutr RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 05:37 PM

                    There are several good places. First La Casita Mexicana in Bell. Everyone loves the place, only problem is that they only serve them until noon. You can get different sauces on it.
                    El Tepyac on Evergreen in Boyle Heights is great, large portion, you can share.
                    Gilberts, El Indio on Pico has good ones and is on special in the mornings.

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                      bsquared2 RE: paprkutr Sep 1, 2009 11:11 PM

                      La Casita Mexicana is amazing. Well worth the drive (even to Bell). A modest place, but they take the Mexican food to another level.

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                        Burger Boy RE: paprkutr Sep 1, 2009 11:24 PM

                        Are they on the menu at El Tepeyac? I do not remember seeing them.

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                          Servorg RE: Burger Boy Sep 2, 2009 02:21 PM

                          They have them on the menu. I think Teresitas has outstanding chilaquiles.

                          3826 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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                            Burger Boy RE: Servorg Sep 4, 2009 11:17 AM

                            They are good. The lady at the Hollywood Farmer's Market on sunday does great ones, she has a restaurant somewhere in Hacienda Heights or La Puente, right on the border.

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                              Servorg RE: Burger Boy Sep 4, 2009 11:42 AM

                              I especially like the fact that Teresitas offers either verde or roja sauce for their chilaquiles.

                      2. SilverlakeGirl RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 06:36 PM

                        Loteria in the Farmer's Market and Tacos Delta in Silver Lake.

                        1. Tom P RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 1, 2009 08:43 PM

                          I've had a lot of these including Cha Cha Cha, Tacos Delta and Hugo's. And also Camilo's in Eagle Rock which many people tout. I like those, but Loteria Grill in Hollywood beats them all by a mile. (I've not eaten them at Loteria at the Farmers Market. I'd assume they are the same but you never know.)

                          1. A5 KOBE RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 2, 2009 11:18 AM

                            Ciro's makes a great chilaquiles w/ fried egg.

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                              Burger Boy RE: A5 KOBE Sep 2, 2009 11:53 AM

                              really, nice, willhave to check out. Ciro's is so much more inexpensive than El Tepeyac.

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                                A5 KOBE RE: Burger Boy Sep 2, 2009 03:17 PM

                                Beware, I ate the whole thing at around 11:30 am and was not hungry until about 9:00 at night.

                                Also, you have to ask for the fried egg on top :P

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                                  Burger Boy RE: A5 KOBE Sep 4, 2009 11:18 AM

                                  Always, otherwise they scramble it in to the mix.

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                              denmother RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 2, 2009 01:52 PM

                              Antequera De Oaxaca - I was introduced to this place by my friend who is from Oaxaca - this is her favorite, most authentic place to go. Antequera De Oaxaca
                              5200 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 466-1101 - they even serve chapulinas - fried grasshoppers!

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                                sparkareno RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 2, 2009 02:29 PM

                                I love chilaquiles---anyone know of good ones in the south bay? When I go to Cabo, I have them for breakfast every morning.

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                                  compucook RE: bigmamafoodie Sep 3, 2009 11:56 PM

                                  Hugo's in Sherman Oaks or WeHo and I also like the ones at Basix too. Not sure if they're gringo-ized, but I like 'em!

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