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orderedeverything Aug 24, 2012 10:19 PM

Hi! I need to find a great mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. If anyone recommends El Cholo, I will shoot myself. Many thanks!

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    orderedeverything Aug 24, 2012 10:22 PM

    No offense to El Cholo, but my bday guest doesn't want to go there.

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      mc michael Aug 28, 2012 02:04 PM

      If your guest is 35 or under, s/he might enjoy the Hollywood Boulevard Loteria Grill.
      If you like seafood, Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights has its good nights.
      If you want something edgy, Rivera is clearly the pick.
      In the Valley, I like Mexicali.

    2. ipsedixit Aug 24, 2012 10:24 PM

      Babita

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        orderedeverything Aug 24, 2012 10:26 PM

        what do you like about it? I will go on their website now-thanks.

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          ipsedixit Aug 24, 2012 10:29 PM

          Good food, cooked by a chef (Roberto Berrelleza) that understands and cares about ingredients and the food he serves.

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            orderedeverything Aug 24, 2012 10:41 PM

            Thanks for the info

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              orderedeverything Aug 24, 2012 10:43 PM

              Forgot to mention, we're going on a Monday night. Babita is closed on Mondays :(

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                ipsedixit Aug 25, 2012 09:38 AM

                Try Chichen Itza.

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          sel Aug 24, 2012 10:29 PM

          La Casita Mexicana in Bell (L.A. County).

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            orderedeverything Aug 24, 2012 10:53 PM

            Their menu is making me hungry. Thanks for the info

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              Mr Taster Aug 28, 2012 02:29 PM

              Get the flan with rompopo for dessert. It's phenomenal.

              Mr Taster

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            New Trial Aug 26, 2012 12:54 PM

            Rocio's Moles de Los Dios and Guelaguetza.

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              ns1 Aug 28, 2012 02:07 PM

              salsa & beer in NoHo for a more legit El Cholo experience.

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                mc michael Aug 28, 2012 03:19 PM

                Along these lines, there's also Salsa & Beer in Van Nuys/ Reseda on White Oak. Often a line--for a good reason.

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                  Dirtywextraolives Aug 28, 2012 03:57 PM

                  I would consider Salsa & Beer quite gringo-ized.......decent, but still gringofied.

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                    ns1 Aug 28, 2012 04:02 PM

                    Well, I DID describe it as a "more legit el cholo experience". Which is to say, if I wanted the El Cholo experience, I'd go to Salsa & Beer so that my taste buds will not be offended.

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                      Dirtywextraolives Aug 28, 2012 05:20 PM

                      Yes, yes you did! Just clarifying for the general public!

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                paprkutr Aug 28, 2012 03:19 PM

                Definite La Casita Mexicana, they now serve beer. Their food is all homemade and delicious, I love their churros for dessert.
                Nobody mentioned Coni's Seafood on Imperial Highway for seafood. I like La Serenda de Garibaldi too, but it is a little bigger restaurant.

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