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Jun 9, 2011 10:27 PM

Red O worth checking out?

So I recently came back from Chicago and ate at both Frontera and XOCO. Was blown away by Rick Bayless' restaurants. Is Red O worth checking out? I heard their head chef left recently...

Red O
8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  1. Bear in mind that Bayless has basically been involved to the extent of some menu consultation to the restaurant but, IIRC, not much beyond that. I'm frankly mystified by the Bayless worship; his Chicago eateries communicate a clear love for Mexican cuisine, but the food itself has never exceeded the level of "meh-- not awful" for me. I know I'm in the clear minority on that.

    But Red O? Like some other Chowhounds have stated, it would be "fine Mexican dining" for a town that doesn't have good Mexican food. Say, Prague. The claims that it serves "elevated, high-end Mexican food" make me chuckle. It's expensive and full of haughty attitude, but I've had far better in LA for a lot less money. I don't need a "hot" room or a bouncer at the door to get good Mexican in this town. I'm low-rent and trashy, I guess, but I don't need to "be seen" at the latest place to carry warmed-over coals to this Newcastle.

    Red O
    8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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    1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

      I agree with you on the food, but the service was not an issue. Neither haughty or attitude. I thought that the now defunct Rebecca's (Bruce Marder's place) shot at find Mexican food was better.

    2. Totally worth checking out!

      I wrote a review of the night I was there.

      1. You gotta try the duck taquitos!