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Hector Feb 1, 2006 05:57 PM

Where can I find the best Mojito in the Los Angeles or Long Beach area? It's my favorite drink, but I've unfortunately been let down way too many times by many bartenders that simply can't figure out just how to mix fresh mint, fresh lime, crushed ice, a little sugar, and a lot of rum correctly.

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    imda14u29 RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 06:03 PM

    The mojitos are Xiomara in Pasadena are pretty good. I think they've won awards for the mojitos are something. They are known for them though.

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      Dommy! RE: imda14u29 Feb 1, 2006 06:11 PM

      Yeah, they are the real deal... they are also small and pricy as is pretty much the rest of the food at the restaurant. I would go there for a drink before dinner and an app and then head down to the street to Azeen's Afghani Restaurant on Union for some real hearty faire...

      --Dommy!

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        condiment RE: Dommy! Feb 3, 2006 01:45 AM

        I believe Xiomara is the only place in L.A. that actually squeezes fresh sugarcane juice for their mojitos. Earthy, complex, and not a bit cloying.

        But Azeen's - please, Dommy: Your body is a temple.

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      archer RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 06:07 PM

      Highly recommend the mojitos @ Ciudad (downtown). They go very well w/ their Sunday night tapas.

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        Colleen RE: archer Feb 1, 2006 07:17 PM

        Agreed on Cuidad! Go from 3-7PM and they're only $4.
        I usually show up at 6PM and order a few at once. =)

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          Teal RE: Colleen Feb 1, 2006 07:19 PM

          Yes they are good but beware of the $15 special Mojito.

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            kel RE: Colleen Sep 30, 2006 12:31 AM

            That sure sounds like a good "buy".

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            badtz RE: archer Mar 9, 2007 04:33 PM

            COMPLETELY AGREE. Ciudad's mojitos are really really good! Also, The Abbey in West Hollywood.

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            Lisa RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 06:13 PM

            Try James Beach in Venice, near the ocean.

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              catcaper RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 06:44 PM

              Border Grill in Santa Monica - same owners as Cuidad. They buy mint by the bushel.

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                can't talk...eating RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 06:59 PM

                I've had good ones at Cuban Bistro on Main St. in "downtown" Alhambra, at also at Cha Cha Cha in West Hollywood (Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Fairfax).

                Link: http://www.cubanbistro.com/about.htm

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                  yum RE: can't talk...eating Feb 2, 2006 02:55 AM

                  i second cuban bistro...mmmmm it's so good there and their sangria's are perfect.

                  i just had mojito's at xiomara's where it's supposed to be good...it was just ok

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                  Teal RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 07:17 PM

                  I vote for Jiraffe in Santa Monica and The Abbey in West Hollywood. The Abbey uses sugar cane as a garnish, so cute. They are also BIG and STRONG. Yummy.

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                    glutton RE: Teal Aug 7, 2007 07:07 AM

                    I second the rec for Jiraffe. I had a few of those (a few too many? No, never.) on Friday night and they were outstanding. They were not sickeningly sweet like a lot of places -- just very refreshing, minty, and good.

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                    Lachyk RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 07:20 PM

                    I loved the mojito at the Hungry Cat, but it's the only one I've ever had, so I don't know if it's the best in town.

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                      WaterIsGood RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 07:25 PM

                      luna park - wilshire/la brea

                      border grill - in santa monica (the 2nd most expensive one). but who knows, the most expensive one might also be great, just haven't felt the need to spend so much money on a cocktail yet.

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                        jnovgirl RE: Hector Feb 1, 2006 08:05 PM

                        Second the vote for Border Grill (one of its few assets in my opinion), but I also love a mojito from El Floridita (Fountain at Vine) -- the music makes the drink.

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                          Biff Wellington RE: Hector Feb 2, 2006 12:03 PM

                          Hungry Cat anytime and Skybar during mid-afternoon before it gets too packed and quality loses out to quantity.

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                            jengen RE: Biff Wellington Feb 2, 2006 01:00 PM

                            I second Hungry Cat.

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                            cagey RE: Hector Feb 2, 2006 12:27 PM

                            Trader Vic's does a fine one. Bit pricey though, but you can't beat the atmosphere.

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                              Cinnamon RE: cagey Sep 30, 2006 01:14 AM

                              Can you describe the atmosphere there?

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                              hbbio493 RE: Hector Sep 30, 2006 12:38 AM

                              I will also give my vote for CubanBistro in Alhambra - tasty, good size & wont make a hole in your pocket.
                              A bit further but good Mojitos @ "Mojitos" in Santa Clarita. They make them really good.. with sugar cane and all! yummy.
                              Here goes a curb ball - anyone know where to get a good CaipiriƱa! If you love mojitos, you will love CaipiriƱa

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                                davinagr RE: hbbio493 Oct 3, 2006 06:05 PM

                                I second your reco for the Mojitos at Mojito in SC. My faves are the orange and mango. They put fresh, chopped fruit in the drink and garnish with sugar cane to stir with. Also fun to chomp on :-)

                              2. brekkie_fan RE: Hector Sep 30, 2006 04:56 PM

                                One of the best I had was at Parkway Grill in Pasadena.

                                http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/index2...

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                                  buckeyeinla RE: Hector Oct 3, 2006 01:10 AM

                                  Downtown L.A. at Ciudad (Figueroa across from Bonaventure) - best mojito I've ever had!!

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                                    Henry2054 RE: Hector Mar 9, 2007 03:27 PM

                                    I had been told that the Mojito's at Cliff's Edge in Silverlake were pretty stellar but I was a little disappointed when I tried them the other week. A little wattery, I thought.

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                                      AquaW RE: Hector Mar 9, 2007 03:54 PM

                                      I concur on Xiomara's being delish for the fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice - gives it a grassy edge.

                                      I also like Hungry Cat's for their fresh mojitos, and Luna Park for their creative spins (when I was there, the specialty was Strawberry-Basil mojito, very yummy!)

                                      Cafe del Rey makes a pretty mean one as well, and O-Bar has a dedicated mojito menu with several varieties and served up in shakers (pours 2-3 glasses), from $10 cheapo ones made with Corona to $30 premium made with 10 Cane Rum (my favorite brand!), everything else is $20. (of course, i try to go there during happy hour, when drinks are half-off)

                                      Ciudad I think was unremarkable -- but maybe because I'm more interested in their sangrias instead.

                                      ~H.C.
                                      http://la-oc-foodie.blgospot.com

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                                        mar52 RE: Hector Mar 9, 2007 03:59 PM

                                        Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu has a machine that presses all that lucious juice right out of the sugarcane. It's owned by the Gladstone people and have similar food.

                                        The Mojitos are delicious.

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                                          kaykat RE: Hector Aug 1, 2007 10:52 PM

                                          I'm surprised no one has mentioned the very best ones... at Madre's in Pasdena.

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                                            Wolfgang RE: kaykat Aug 2, 2007 09:24 AM

                                            I've only had Ciudad's mojitos during happy hour and they are tasty but very weak. I haven't gone enough times to develop a relationship with any of the bartenders but I've been enough times to know it wasn't a fluke.
                                            I liked the mojito at Beechwood.

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                                              gaylenwaydelich RE: kaykat Aug 6, 2007 01:40 AM

                                              Is JLo's overpriced-poor-excuse of a restaurant still in operation? That place is as bad as most of her movies. The mojito was ok but for $15.00 - and that was 5 years ago - I'd rather drink a bottle of Thunderbird. Probably the reason why no one mentioned it because it was mediocre at best, and I can't say anything higher about the food.

                                              IMHO Cidad is the king of the Mojito with the Lobster coming in a close second. Asia de Cuba had a descent one, but I don't think that place is still around either.

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                                              azibo RE: Hector Aug 6, 2007 10:00 AM

                                              Buddha's Belly does a really good mojito. Really good proportions of all the ingredients.

                                              7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                                                Olallieberry RE: Hector Aug 6, 2007 10:10 AM

                                                The World Cafe on Main Street in Santa Monica has $5 mojitos on Friday nights and from all reports (never actually been myself) they're pretty tasty. The best mojito I've had in LA was from Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel, but that mojito was also the highlight of my night at the W, so...

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                                                  trolley RE: Olallieberry Aug 6, 2007 12:00 PM

                                                  the abbey in weho does a nice job. not sure whether it can compete with the fresh cane juice above but they are yummy. even served with a fresh sugar cane as a swizzle stick.

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                                                  Ollie RE: Hector Aug 6, 2007 03:29 PM

                                                  Havana Mania in Redondo Beach, in between W.L.A. & Long Beach

                                                  http://www.havanamania.com/index.html

                                                  1. Emme RE: Hector Aug 6, 2007 11:20 PM

                                                    at blue on blue, they have a great pomegranate mojito.

                                                    complete heresy i'm sure but at cheesecake factory in beverly hills (i can only vouch for the bartender at this location), the mojito is great.

                                                    1. hungerpangs RE: Hector Aug 7, 2007 12:19 AM

                                                      Xiomara hands down. Fresh sugar cane is unbeatable. Also an outpost in Hollywood on Melrose.

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