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Nov 17, 2009 10:19 AM

Good Mexican with Great Margaritas

Hi Chows!

Everytime my wife is stressed out from work (which unfortunately happens quite often lately) she craves Mexican food with a LARGE Margarita (or two ;-) ). The closer to the Grove, the better, but I don't mind driving her. Would love a great recommendation to surprise her the next time it kicks in! Oh, and we don't eat meat but love seafood.


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  1. Great Americanized Mexican with good margaritas...Gilberts El Indio. Nice people. Not sure about seafood options.

    Gilbert's El Indio (for the correct link)

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    1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

      The trick at Gilbert's is to order the cadillac margarita. Way better than their house margaritas, I think. If you don't eat meat, Fernando's burrito (a chile relleno burrito) is awesome.

      Also in that neighborhood is Lares: very good margaritas and they definitely have seafood options.

    2. You can get a pitcher of kick-ass margarita from Marix on SM blvd in Weho. it's tex mex but the margaritas are good there.

      1. Mexico the new-ish spot on Santa Monica Blvd may be exactly what you (and, more to the point, your wife) seek(s).

        1. 'americanized', but fun if that's what you are going for:

          El Compadres- Across form the Guitar Center on Sunset. Good atmosphere, live music some nights, flaming margaritas.

          El Carmen a couple of doors down from A.O.C. on 3rd. Smaller, dark, limited menu but tasty, outstanding selection of tequila. Decor is Lucha Libre. (Was also featured in the opening of one of the Charlie's Angels movies)

          El Carmen Restaurant
          8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: LATrapp

            Based on your request of a place near the Grove, El Carmen would be my choice too.

          2. Loteria Grill on Hollywood a couple of blocks east of Highland. Great margaritas and a vast selection of premium tequila; excellent Mexican food (love their taco sampler). They have a branch @ Farmer's Market, but no margaritas there.