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SFV to Beverely Blvd: Great Mexican?

aclockworkowens Dec 21, 2010 08:38 AM

Visiting the San Fernando Valley for the holidays (Woodland Hills, to be specific). Heading out to the New Beverely Cinema for a double-feature this evening (7165 Beverely Blvd). Can anyone suggest a great Mexican place in the vicinity of the theatre, or, at the very least, en route? Two things to bear in mind:

El Coyote is not a great Mexican place.
I couldn't care less about presentation or ambiance. I want succulent meats and flavorful sauces.

That is all.

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  1. Servorg RE: aclockworkowens Dec 21, 2010 01:16 PM

    If you don't mind Oaxacan (Mexican) food then Monte Alban in West LA (right on the border of Santa Monica and West LA) would be my number one recommendation. You could check out Tacomiendo (also in West LA very close to the interchange of the 405 and 10 Frwys)

    Monte Alban
    11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. lapizzamaven RE: aclockworkowens Dec 21, 2010 03:03 PM

      I second Servorg's endorsement of Tacomiendo...great tacos...great homemade corn tortillas..many other excellent dishes..albondigas, burritos...etc...

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        Servorg RE: lapizzamaven Dec 21, 2010 03:07 PM

        And one warning about the place link showing with my post above. The Monte Alban place link address is correct, but the map location is way wrong (for whatever reason).

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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        ricesalesman RE: aclockworkowens Dec 21, 2010 07:01 PM

        Las Fuentes in Reseda. I've been going there since I was a kid and it's still one of my favorite places in LA. There's also Loteria at the Farmers Market, also great if you're visiting from out of town (you can skip the adjoining Grove). For a great Taco Truck, go to El Chato on the corner of Olympic and La Brea. They open after 9pm, and go for the Al Pastor. You can try the other meats, but the al pastor is the best. All these places are yelp-a-ble.

        Las Fuentes
        18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335

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          paprkutr RE: ricesalesman Dec 21, 2010 07:06 PM

          El Chato is very good, but they don't open until almost nine o'clock. I would suggest going there after the show. It's not far from the new cinema, just straight down La Brea, about a mile. There is also Leo's truck, a little further down on La Brea at Venice in the gas station.

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            ricesalesman RE: paprkutr Dec 21, 2010 10:13 PM

            I've tried Leo's a few times, and i'm going to have to stick with El Chato for the Al pastor. I hear they used to have a guy cooking over a BBQ, but something made him go away?

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              losangelicioustimes RE: ricesalesman Dec 21, 2010 11:57 PM

              In short, The LA city council made it go away. It is technically illegal to operate an al pastor spit outside so they shut it down. The good news is, being true taco renegades, Leo's busts out the spit on Friday though Sunday. During the weekdays El Chato and Leo's are pretty equal in terms of meats, but on the weekdays nothing can touch Leo's al pastor.


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          losangelicioustimes RE: aclockworkowens Dec 21, 2010 11:43 PM

          Sorry if this is a bit late for your movie plans, but the New Beverly Cinema is literally walking distance from Tinga, a "new wave" mexican restaurant that is both affordable and has authentic tacos. That has got to be the best choice hands down.


          142 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            outshined RE: losangelicioustimes Dec 23, 2010 10:14 AM

            Although OP dining window is closed, I had to second this. I just tried this last week and it was fantastic. We tried 5 dishes, all of them were outstanding. The corn with lime, chili and poblano is wonderful comfort food. We're all kicking ourselves for not trying the short rib so we'll have to go back.

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