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Nov 4, 2005 01:47 AM

Pueblo Viejo on Melrose

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Just had dinner and drinks at Pueblo Viejo on Melrose, wanted to put in a good word. Great Carne Asada, and excellent Margaritas (though I live on the west side, so couldn't imbibe as many as I wanted to), forget the name of the one I liked, but I think it was the special. Think this replaced an old Mexican place, forget the name. Also, it becomes a Karaoke Bar after 10, for better or worse.

Anyone else been lately?

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  1. I just drove by this place the other day and it looked new. Thanks for the report!

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    1. re: DanaB

      It isn't new. Javier, the waiter, has worked there for 15 or so years. We eat there once a week. The taco combos are 6.95, its a great deal with a nice ambiance and a good bar.

    2. Former place was Zumaya's, which had been there for over 10 years. The Puebla has been open for around 6 months now. Still want to try it, yet not typically in that area for dinner. Thanks for the reminder that I need to be soon.

      1. Haven't seen a recent post on this place, and wanted to report that we had a great last-minute/late (9:15 pm) dinner here last night (Friday). Had really excellent enchiladas (mole, rojo and verde). The rojo sauce I would put up against any enchilada sauce in the city - homemade with red New Mexico chili peppers and garlic. Decent margaritas (cheap - 5 bucks!). The beans were whole pintos, and served on the side, which was a good change from the pasty kind.

        I was actually looking for a casual, no-scene SGV-type Mexican place, like El Ranchero on Foothill in Pasadena, and this definitely exceeded my expectations. And yes, the main waiter is still there and treated us great. And - no sign of karaoke, mercifully.

        Pueblo Viejo
        5722 Melrose Ave
        Hollywood, CA 90038
        (323) 464-0624

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        1. re: cant talk...eating

          Was there last Saturday. Had a great meal. Reminded me of my days in The Mission in San Francisco. Especially loved the Enchiladas combo (Verde/Roja) and the house made chips & salsa & guac. And no, there's no Karaoke.

          1. re: wutzizname

            The karaoke comment was made two years ago in the original post, so things have obviously changed since then.

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