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Good Mexican restaurant in the Whittier area

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flowerofhighrank Oct 9, 2010 10:18 PM

After being disappointed so many times, I ask: is there a place with:
good margaritas?
good hot chips and salsa with some heat and flavor (maybe more than one kind of salsa)?
carnitas like Mom used to make?
Extra points if it's near Whittier Blvd./Colima Rd. intersection.

  1. Servorg Oct 13, 2010 12:58 PM

    Give http://www.lacasitaolvera.com/ a try and see what you think.

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      Servorg Oct 13, 2010 01:18 PM

      Place Link Here

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      La Casita Olvera
      14223 Leffingwell Rd, Whittier, CA 90604

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        flowerofhighrank Oct 15, 2010 10:37 PM

        So we went here tonight.
        VERY GOOD SALSA.
        Everything else, everything!, was fair to almost good. We ordered easy, basic stuff. It took a long time to get to us- they had some big parties, so, yes, that takes time- and when we got our food, we were all disappointed. The band tuning-up for most of the evening didn't help. Margaritas made with wine instead of tequila were new for me, but they weren't bad. In any case, we are still looking.

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      ChefRoux Oct 13, 2010 12:05 PM

      Sanchez on Whittier Blvd. Best Taqueria food in the city.

      CR

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        diaz Oct 12, 2010 12:57 PM

        Try Senor Campos on Whittier Blvd and Idaho in La Habra. The cadillac margaritas are great and the food is really good. I love their hard shell beef tacos. The salsa is pretty weak though. I usually ask for chiles tordiados (grilled jalapenos and onions). That really kicks it up a notch, You can also try El Cholo down the street. If you want hot, tasty salsa, ask for the habanero salsa.

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        Senor Campos
        1220 W Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

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          toonoble Oct 11, 2010 10:33 PM

          I'm originally from Whittier and when I want the real deal I go to Vargas in Pico Rivera. I believe its on Durfee Rd. Its takeout only (no alcohol) but the food will not dissapoint you, especially the carnitas. FYI, they usually close at around six.
          Also, Los Cinco Puntos in East LA has the best carnitas anywhere, also takeout.

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          Cinco Puntos
          3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

          1. ipsedixit Oct 10, 2010 12:43 PM

            Y'know, Servorg, as he often does, brings up a good point. What places have disappointed you thus far?

            Because Whittier probably has some of the better Mexican casual restaurants in SoCal outside of maybe Huntington Park.

            One of your problems maybe that you are looking for a place that serves alcohol (or at least good margaritas). This may be difficult as alot of the good restaurants in that neck of the woods do not have a liquor license.

            That said, give Enchiladas Y Tamales a try, corner of First and Leffingwell.

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              Neta Oct 10, 2010 08:41 PM

              No liquor served but if you are looking for Mexican food that you would be served at someones home, I recommend Las Chinampas. They have excellent luquados to drink. There food is very good. Nice friendly owner in a very small place.
              8025 Pioneer Blvd
              Whittier, CA
              562-692-0110

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              Las Chinampas
              8025 Pioneer Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606

            2. Servorg Oct 10, 2010 09:03 AM

              What really gives me momentum to try and come up with a recommendation to a post such as this one is missing from the information you provided; Which places have you tried that have "...disappointed so many times..."? That way, those who feel like I do won't feel that they are just spinning their wheels if they suggest a place only to have you say " Been there and it was a total miss."

              Just a thought.

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                flowerofhighrank Oct 10, 2010 10:59 PM

                Fair enough. I've tried Mexico 1900, Vera Cruz and Muchas Gracias.
                Yes, we do like 'real' margaritas. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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                Muchas Gracias
                14323 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90605

                Mexico 1900 Restaurant
                , Whittier, CA 90601

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