Pueblo Viejo on Melrose
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?
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.
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.
5722 Melrose Ave
Hollywood, CA 90038
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