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Oct 11, 2010 06:18 PM

Organic / Local Mexican food in Los Feliz/Silverlake/Echo Park (or nearby...)

Are there any good Mexican restaurants near Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, or Downtown that serve food made with local and organic ingredients? Think Chipotle, but not a chain, and better. One of my favorite spots in San Francisco is a place called Green Chili Kitchen. They use Niman Ranch meats, and mostly organic produce, and I miss their burritos dearly...

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  1. Los Angeles restaurants in general are not as concerned with local and organic ingredients as Bay Area ones. So the short answer is no. But I would still recommend these restaurants for carefully-prepared food with good quality ingredients: Rivera, Yxta and Chichen Itza downtown, Malo and Alegria in Silver Lake, Loteria in Hollywood and Guelaguetza in Koreatown. Hugo's Tacos in Atwater might have what you're looking for.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I second Alegria. Probably not exactly what OP is hoping for, but probably in the ballpark.

    2. Thanks for the recos. Malo and Alegria are both on my list. As is Rivera... Guess I shouldn't be surprised there's not as much local/organic food here. The bay area does seem to be at the forefront of that movement.

      4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

      1. Ocho just opened in downtown LA. Never tried it, dunno how authentic it is, but it does purport to be organic as well as Mexican.

        1. I've always like Hugo's Restaurant Taco Stands - there's one in Atwater Village - and they have many organic options. Their salsas don't get hot enough for my friends' tastes, but they're definitely flavorful and the fillings are fresh and good.

          Hugo's Taco's
          3300 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

          1. Give up now on finding any kind of burrito that will satisfy your burrito craving, there are none that will match what you are looking for here. One more place that you might add of to try list is CaCao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock.

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            1. re: LaLa Eat

              I won't give up. I've barely begun my search... This new spot downtown might fit the bill:

              I will try it soon and report back.

              1. re: brian j

                Also try Casa. It's better than Ocho. In my view, it has by far the best burritos in LA. (But I don't like the greasy, meaty kind of burritos most people on CH like.)

                1. re: aventinus

                  I went to check out Ocho last night. I walked in and took one look at the steam table and was unimpressed. The meat that looked the best was some shredded beef, but I asked and there was nothing natural about it. The carnitas was listed as being some sort of natural, but it looked like soggy grossness. My gut told me to get out of there quickly, so to be honest I didn't actually eat anything, so I realize this "review" is based upon my intuition, but I've got to trust my gut feeling on this one. The place looked and felt like nothing more than poor man's Chipotle...

                  I ended getting a pastor-chorizo burrito at the El Flaming Taco truck in Echo Park instead... It was good, although lacking any crema and avocado they had promised it included. Their green avocado-tomatillo salsa is delish, tho...

                2. re: brian j

                  Sorry for being so negative! Thank you for continuing the search!