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mexican near glendale???

superfine Nov 8, 2009 06:40 AM

we are in for a short period of time and having a hard time getting away from friends and family to go to other areas. we are dying for some good mexican food, but dont want to stray more than 15 (ok 20) tops. any recommendations??

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  1. Servorg RE: superfine Nov 8, 2009 07:04 AM

    Something you won't find anyplace else in Los Angeles - Moles La Tia - is approximetly 12 miles from Glendale via the LA Freeway system.


    Right there in Glendale at the newish upscale mall "Americana" is Frida http://www.fridarestaurant.com/ and, while it may not be the most "authentic" Mexican food in LA is none the less quite tasty. Not too far given your willingness to drive is Guelaguetza in Koreatown (either the 8th Street or the Olympic Blvd. branch would be equally good, although the Olympic Blvd. one has parking while the 8th Street one can be problematic in that regard).

    One other possible choice you should consider (about 15 miles east of you via the 10 freeway) is Babita.

    I am trying to recall if the Chichen Itza on 6th Street closed or it was the more casual branch downtown? If you interested check it out and then see which one is still operating.

    1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

    Chichen Itza
    2501 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    3337 1/2 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

    Moles La Tia
    4619 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

    Frida Restaurant Americana
    750 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

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    1. re: Servorg
      mc michael RE: Servorg Nov 9, 2009 05:41 AM

      Good suggestions although Frida is pretty expensive for what you get.

    2. mrshankly RE: superfine Nov 8, 2009 07:33 AM

      The taco truck on Colorado Blvd one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd in front of the comfort inn. A simple menu of carne asada tacos, burritos, and quesadillas (the best meat/cheese quesadilla in town, IMHO). Go there and don't look back. You won't regret it.

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        terim RE: superfine Nov 8, 2009 11:48 AM

        La Cabinita is excellent - located in Montrose, right next to Glendale! Regarding another poster's comment on ChichenItza - the downtown 6th Street location is definitely closed. The casual (order at the counter) spot in Mercado La Paloma is open - we just ate there last weekend. No alchohol there but very tasty food.

        Mercado La Paloma
        3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

        La Paloma Restaurant
        2975 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750

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          Burger Boy RE: terim Nov 8, 2009 06:02 PM

          La Cabanita is a GREAT local choice to you. Moles La Tia is amazing if you can get over there. Eithe way to wonderul experiences.

          La Cabanita
          3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

          Moles La Tia
          4619 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          1. re: Burger Boy
            Silverlaker RE: Burger Boy Nov 9, 2009 07:50 PM

            This is a CROWD PLEASER! We go here a lot esp w a group of people --- fun! And the carnitas are wonderful!

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          Briggs RE: superfine Nov 8, 2009 09:09 PM

          You're hopefully in the part of Glendale that's 10-15 minutes away from York Blvd - Mexican cuisine Central. Google "Jonathan Gold/York Blvd./ Mexican" and you should have a slew of wonderful options.

          1. monku RE: superfine Nov 8, 2009 09:17 PM

            Barragan's, good simple Mexican food. Monday nights after 4pm is $1 taco night. Great chips and salsa.

            814 S Central Ave, Glendale - (818) 243-1103


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              Burger Boy RE: monku Nov 8, 2009 10:41 PM

              Do not do that to them, that is not fair. Barragans is nothing more than almost average, go to Mi Cabinita sor something better than average, please!

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                Jelly71 RE: monku Nov 9, 2009 12:12 PM

                i wouldn't feed Barragan's food to my dog. and there are days where i don't even really like her that much.

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                  monku RE: Jelly71 Nov 9, 2009 05:12 PM

                  Give them a break...they aren't a chain like El Torito's. Family run operation and the food is good enough. This particular one is run by the daughter. Although I do notice that the clientele seems to be pedestrian Glendale types (retireees).

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: monku Nov 10, 2009 12:25 PM

                  Honestly, I'd sooner eat at Acapulco or El Torito.

                  It might be family-run but that would just make it family-run and bad. The one in Glendale is slightly less terrible than the one in Burbank but not much less.

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                  superfine RE: superfine Nov 9, 2009 11:33 AM

                  Thanks for all the great posts. We went to La Cabanita and had a great meal. The arrechero taco was delish, very good quesadilla's, and good stuffed peppers. Their salsas were very good, and i could have been fine drinking them.

                  Might do the taco truck for lunch!

                  La Cabanita
                  3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

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                    mrshankly RE: superfine Nov 9, 2009 06:18 PM

                    FYI, the taco truck only comes out in the evenings at 8pm. Hope you get a chance to try it.

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                      Local RE: superfine Nov 9, 2009 07:32 PM

                      Went to La Cabanita for dinner tonite- for all the previous complaints regarding service, our waiter was fine. My margarita accompanying the chips and green salsa- excellent. Here's the rub, and I preface this by saying I've been there before and liked the food...both my friend's chicken tacos and my enchiladas verde were incredibly salty. Mind you I love salt...generally when others complain I will nod my head in agreement, bit secretly thank someone for shaking a little extra...but this was like Saint Bonneville had been holding court in the kitchen and was not paying attention. The salt overwhelmed any redeeming part of the enchiladas. Even the sour cream on top didn't help. Dunno what happened and granted, will likely go back, but will not be in any great hurry to do so. Kinda disappointed as it had been a while since my last visit and was looking forward to it. Water pleez.

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