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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.

            1. 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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              1. re: lucygoosey

                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

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

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                  1. re: argenti44

                    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

                    1. re: argenti44

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

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                      1. re: Emme

                        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...

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          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

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

                        2. re: Emme

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

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            they don't have a full liquor license.