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Apr 18, 2012 08:42 PM

Paco's Cantina on Centinela?

Any good? Worthwhile ?

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  1. 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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    1. re: Servorg

      Any clue on what others have ordered?

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

      1. re: kevin

        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).

    2. 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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      1. re: Ogawak

        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.

        1. re: kevin

          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.

          1. re: Jack Flash

            Are their margaritas supposed to be pretty darn good too?


            1. re: kevin

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

              1. re: Jack Flash

                I think Margaritas were invented to keep gringos quiet.

                1. re: Tripeler

                  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>

              2. re: kevin

                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.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  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?

                  1. re: nosh

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

              3. re: Jack Flash

                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?).

                1. re: Norm Man

                  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. Their tortilla's are YUMMY.

            But everything else is so heavy...

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            1. re: happybaker

              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.


              1. re: Dommy

                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.

            2. 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.