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Paco's Cantina on Centinela?

kevin Apr 18, 2012 08:42 PM

Any good? Worthwhile ?

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    gordo26 Sep 12, 2012 01:33 PM

    The food is meh - but the real gem is the homemade Flour tacos. Almost worth a trip once in a while just to get them.

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      happybaker Apr 20, 2012 07:17 PM

      Their tortilla's are YUMMY.

      But everything else is so heavy...

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        Dommy Apr 21, 2012 09:27 AM

        So true... I used to go for co-worker's birthday lunches. Thank goodness they cut that 'perk'.

        Anyway, what I always used to get away with is ordering their nopales salad. It was quite delicious and that, their handmade tortillas (which I do like) and a bowl of their house guacamole would make me HAPPY.


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          FoodDee Sep 10, 2012 05:24 PM

          Awfully disappointing. We were visiting from Seattle which is definitely not know for good Mexican food. Some friends took us to Pacos - their favorite- unfortunately no better than what we get up North.

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        Ogawak Apr 19, 2012 09:17 AM

        My wife loves this place. Her excuse is, she's from Hawaii. It's standard American Mexican fare. Actually surprised that you would ask about this place.

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          kevin Apr 19, 2012 09:39 AM

          Sorry. I heard it from someone and they raved about it. But I took it with a grain of salt since I didn't know if they were the houndly type.

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            Jack Flash Apr 19, 2012 10:59 AM

            I think it's pretty good "Gringo-Mex." I like their carnitas, but the reason to go to Paco's rather than any of a number of other places is the fresh, made-to-order flour tortillas. They're like warm, edible blankets. They're thick, fluffy (there must be lard in there) and have a delightful chewiness.

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              kevin Apr 19, 2012 12:44 PM

              Are their margaritas supposed to be pretty darn good too?


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                Jack Flash Apr 19, 2012 01:40 PM

                From what I can recall, they were pretty good. And I guess the "from what I can recall" part tells the story...

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                  Tripeler Apr 19, 2012 10:06 PM

                  I think Margaritas were invented to keep gringos quiet.

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                    Servorg Apr 20, 2012 03:59 AM

                    Then they aren't working one damn bit because whenever I am near a table of gringos drinking them they are as noisy as a steam engine pulling a grade... ;-D>

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                  westsidegal Apr 19, 2012 10:25 PM

                  for margaritas, my rec is Kay 'n Daves in culver city.
                  they use real, fresh-squeezed lime juice--not the pasteurized gunk that comes in the big plastic jug.
                  they squeeze the juice themselves.
                  also, they'll make it to order for you without using any sugar.

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                    nosh Apr 20, 2012 05:26 PM

                    I know they aren't authentic, but they are so much fun and I love them: Are these the blended, slushy type or on the rocks?

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                      westsidegal Apr 21, 2012 07:10 PM

                      since i prefer the on-the-rocks type, i never even asked about the blended type, sorry. . .

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                  Norm Man Apr 22, 2012 12:42 PM

                  Paco's flour toritllas thick? Did Paco's change their flour tortillas? I always found Paco's flour tortillas to be very thin. In addition, I thought Paco's flour tortillas were too doughy (undercooked?).

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                    Jack Flash Apr 23, 2012 12:32 AM

                    They've been very thick since I first started going there in around 1994.

                    By thick, I mean the thickness of about 3 or 4 packaged tortillas.

            2. Servorg Apr 19, 2012 07:09 AM

              Sorry to say I wondered the same thing after a long, long hiatus in not going and I thought it was pretty "meh"...they do have good fresh house made tortillas but that about summed it up for me. I'll admit they get a lot of people who evidently like it just fine. So maybe give it a go and let us know what you find.

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                kevin Apr 19, 2012 08:40 AM

                Any clue on what others have ordered?

                Or just order any of the combo vis-a-vis other American Mexican food joints around town?

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                  Servorg Apr 19, 2012 08:42 AM

                  Well I saw a lot of taco dorado's going by as their tortillas are quite good. But this is pretty prototypical Mexican American fare. They do have conchinita pibil on the menu, which I had, but it's not the best version I've ever had (by far).

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