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Feb 15, 2010 05:43 PM

Mexican on Westside

Looking for great Mexican - nothing fancy or too creative - just basic, tasty Mexican. Great cheese enchiladas, tacos etc. I didnt care for Tacos Por Favor or Monte Alban or Titos. I used to like the one on Olympic that was torn down for Trader Joes new space.

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  1. If you liked the place on Olympic then go to Gilberts. Or, Lares. Or La Cabana. And there's Don Antonios... I love The Talpa best, though.

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    1. re: yogachik

      i think talpa has become significantly different/worse than it used to be.

      don antonio's can't be beat.

      gilberts, lares, la cabana, and casa sanchez are solid alternatives. casa is the most $$ out of those, gilberts is the least.

      1. re: yogachik

        I think Lares is the best option. I grew up going to Gilberts and still go for nostalgia's sake but the food at Lares just tastes better to me. Although if $ is an issue, Gilbert's is cheaper.

      2. If you liked Tia Juana then you would probably like Paco's Tacos on Centinela just south of Washington on the W side of the street.

        1. When I lived that way I always liked Taco Miendo on pico and gateway.

          1. What didn't you like about Tacos Por Favor, Monte Alban or Titos?

            I don't see a HUGE difference between, say tacos por favor and most of the places listed above.....

            I understand Monte Alban is more Oaxacan, but all the rest are pretty standard Mexican fare you can find all over the city.

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            1. re: Phurstluv

              I think the OP is looking for gringo Mexican, and TPF is slightly less gringoized than Lares, Gilbert's, etc.

              1. re: a_and_w

                Yeah, that is what I thought... I never went to Tia Juanas, but it struck me as an Indy Baja Fresh type of place right? Anyway, if that is what you are looking for, Check out Baja Buds on National.


                1. re: Dommy

                  The big draw for TJ's was their house made tortillas and, for me, either their calamar steak with garlic butter sauce or their barbacoa tacos (sometimes their carnitas tacos). That is why Pacos is similar (the house made tortillas) and pretty good to very good refried beans.

                  Baja Fresh is nothing like them (to me) or Baja Buds either.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Ah! Thanks for clearing that up! Sorry I missed them then...


                  2. re: Dommy

                    I think flowergirl may mean something more sit down with combo plates and refried beans?

                  3. re: a_and_w

                    but tito's = epitome of gringo mexican.

                2. For something higher-end, (probably not authentic; Mexican's not really my forte) I'd try Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega.