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Mexican in vicinity of Century City?

I need to take an out-of-owner friend to dinner near Century City on Mon or Tues. Mexican has been requested, and I'm not sure where to go in that area. Monte Alban in West LA isn't too far, but I'm hesitant because I think my friend would prefer non-Oaxacan and the last couple of times I've gone on a weeknight it has been empty with bad service (so kind of depressing). I would rather find another option that serves non-Oaxacan and, if possible, has either a lively or homey atmosphere. Any suggestions in that area?

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  1. I work in Century City and our go-to place for Mexican is La Talpa on Pico near Barrington. It's about the same distance from Century City as Monte Alban. It's not a particularly lively place, but I'm not sure Monte Alban really is either. Service is excellent, because the place is small and you are almost always in view of the waitresses and the kitchen. And the food is very good, especially the chile rellenos, enchiladas, and carne asada taco.

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    The Talpa
    11751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. I have not been so cannot vouch for it but the closest would be in the Century City mall: Pink Taco. http://www.pinktaco.com/

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      Pink Taco
      10250 Santa Monica Blvd #220, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: New Trial

        Pink Taco is a margaritas and chips and appetizers place for the after work crowd--expensive and inauthentic --however, it is a great place to go after work in Century City for margaritas and chips and appetizers--especially when the check gets picked up by someone else!

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        Pink Taco
        10250 Santa Monica Blvd #220, Los Angeles, CA

      2. I work in Century City and live close by, and our favorite place hands down is La Serenata Gourmet on Pico (10924 W. Pico). The food is excellent and it has a nice atmosphere as well. They have wonderful seafood, tacos, enchiladas, etc. And, try the poblano pepper quesadilla -- you will not be disappointed!

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        La Serenata
        10924 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Pico Cafe
        8944 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

        1. Sounds like Pico Blvd will be your destination. I don't know what kind of Mexican food your friend is up for, but another option would be Don Antonio's on Pico near Barrington (as well). The have all the conventional Mexican standard dishes and combos, they do margaritas, it's a pretty nice space with a casa feel and a patio, and the chips and salsa are really good.

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          Don Antonio's
          11755 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          Pico Cafe
          8944 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          1. Don Antonio and La Talpa are next door to each other on Pico so you can definitely compare menus, decor and atmosphere, though I think the former has the better food, it has less of a "fun" atmosphere.

            Mi Ranchito on Washington Boulevard is the epitome of a fun, kitschy Mexican place with decent food and reasonable prices. By "kitschy" I mean every inch of the walls and ceilings are decorated with a variety of things ranging from old photographs, to inflatable beer bottles, to Mexican masks. It also is usually pretty crowded, so you'll see lots of people and families there.

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            Don Antonio's
            11755 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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            1. re: NAspy

              "...though I think the former has the better food, it has less of a "fun" atmosphere."

              I think you meant this the other way around...Don Antonio's definitely has a better (more fun) atmosphere than the Talpa (and we think it has better food as well).

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              The Talpa
              11751 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. re: Servorg

                Right ... La Talpa better more authentic food, Don Antonio's more atmosphere