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Good Mexican with Great Margaritas

Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 10:19 AM

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. LA Buckeye Fan RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 10:47 AM

    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
      mollyomormon RE: LA Buckeye Fan Nov 17, 2009 01:24 PM

      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.

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      Clyde RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 10:48 AM

      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. Ciao Bob RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 10:56 AM

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

        1. LATrapp RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 11:03 AM

          '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
            vinosnob RE: LATrapp Nov 20, 2009 08:17 AM

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

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            archer RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 11:04 AM

            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.

            1. lucygoosey RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 11:11 AM

              It's a bit silverlakey, but I really like the cucumber margarita @ Malo. Food is okay. For some happy hour apps and a pick me up, it's cute.

              4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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                cls RE: lucygoosey Nov 18, 2009 06:24 AM

                2nd Malo, El Compadre, and El Carmen. I like the food, but that's probably more because it's a style I grew up with (so it's comfort food like) rather than good food.

                4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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

              2. Servorg RE: Philk2511 Nov 17, 2009 12:09 PM

                Get into the Pink... ;-D> http://www.pinktaco.com/

                1. argenti44 RE: Philk2511 Nov 18, 2009 01:05 AM

                  Mexicali in Studio City on Ventura. Excellent margaritas and there is a cheese app. that I would kill for.

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                    FranklinJefferson RE: argenti44 Nov 18, 2009 07:12 AM

                    That would probably be the Queso Fundido, mmmmm. Bad news about Mexicali is the meat/Chicken dishes are dreadful. Good news is the op doesn't eat meat. Their Ceviche isn't bad (No Mariscos Chente, but passable) and that Queso is good comfort food. Plus, Margaritas are really strong. And the Margatini can be ordered as a double!

                    Mariscos Chente
                    10020 Inglewood Ave, Lennox, CA 90304

                    718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

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                      carter RE: argenti44 Nov 18, 2009 06:44 PM

                      Senor Fred in sherman oaks has very good margaritas, very good seafood and veggie dishes. Either the salmon entree or any of the shrimp entrees would be very good options.

                      Senor Fred
                      13730 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                    2. Emme RE: Philk2511 Nov 18, 2009 05:41 PM

                      For great Mexican seafood and margartias, try Mariscos Chente. Not near the Grove, but worth the drive... IMNSHO...

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                        mollyomormon RE: Emme Nov 18, 2009 05:49 PM

                        I think they only have beer, though :(. Although the margaritas next door at Casa Sanchez are good. Maybe you could get a drink there and then head next door for incredibly delicious Mexican seafood...

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                          Ciao Bob RE: mollyomormon Nov 19, 2009 10:43 AM

                          I bring a pitcher of homemade margies, to Chente, and salt.
                          I offer a glass to Sergio (he's not yet turned me down) and away we goooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          1. re: Ciao Bob
                            mollyomormon RE: Ciao Bob Nov 19, 2009 11:38 AM

                            That is amazing!! My new year's resolution is now to bring my own pitcher of margaritas to more places!

                        2. re: Emme
                          westsidegal RE: Emme Nov 19, 2009 11:29 PM

                          i've only seen beer and wine served at MC.
                          are you sure they have a full liquor license?

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                            mollyomormon RE: westsidegal Nov 20, 2009 08:54 AM

                            they don't have a full liquor license.

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