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Jan 9, 2013 07:34 PM

best mexican food in SFV

sol y luna for awesome mexican food. go there. enjoy... you're welcome

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  1. Address? What makes it the best? Recommendations on dishes? How authentic compared to the ones in San Fernando? You need to post more than just "you're welcome".

    1. there is no good to great Mexican food in the SFV, so do not even try to think you know of a place, SYL included.
      It might be a good place for margaritas, but I could name many places that could achieve the same results.

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      1. re: carter

        Depends on what you're looking for. If you want down and dirty Mexican food yet full of flavor and authentic there are plenty including:
        Metro Balderas
        Salsa y Beer
        Carrillo's Tortilleria
        Gourmet Tamale Factory

          1. re: mc michael

            3rded for this style of mexican.

          2. re: granadafan

            Another vote for Salsa y Beer. Their carne asade y jalapeƱo is perfection.

          3. re: carter

            It's sort of like "good Chinese on the west side" ... ?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              The Mexican food is much better than that.

            2. re: carter

              there is plenty of good to great mexican food in the SVF:
              birria apatzingan
              rocio's mole de dioses
              tacos el sauz
              mariscos el teto
              tacos la fonda
              dos arbolitos
              are a few examples. they're just not in sherman oaks.

              1. re: carter

                Actually, I think DeliMex on Magnolia, just east of Van Nuys, is pretty delicious. The owner makes everything from scratch and they are some of the best enchiladas I've had in LA. It's a tiny dive that's easy to miss, but the food is amazing!

                Deli Mex
                14446 Magnolia Boulevard
                Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

              2. sol y luna
                19601 Ventura Boulevard Tarzana, CA 91356
                (818) 343-8488

                I had a beef tamale and refried beans. Flan and margarita. Margarita actually had some tequila in it as opposed to watered down stuff I have had at other places. Their chips are hot and fresh, the salsa has a bite. I thought they were much better than anywhere else I have tried. That is just my personal experience. I was simply trying to give others an idea of a place that I found to be much better than any other Mexican restaurant. I will post picture of flan if I can get it loaded on my computer. this place has two 'sister' restaurants in the valley. Melody's and Las Fuentes. both have good write ups on Yelp. I have not gone to either .

                1. If you are looking for genuine Oaxaca food run by folks from that part of Mexico, try Tacos Manzano in North Hollywood. Small and not at all fancy, but absolutely authentic and delicious. Not your standard California "Mexican" stuff.

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                  1. re: brwencino

                    What's recommended? I usually just get the tacos here cuz they're so cheap...

                    1. re: ns1

                      The classic dish is Tlayudas, which is sometimes loosely referred to as "Mexican pizza."--it is not really. Of course, if you want it with the traditional roasted grasshoppers, I am afraid you will have to go to Oaxaca!

                      1. re: brwencino

                        guelagetza has grasshoppers. just need to ask.

                  2. speaking of 'Mexican' food... tomorrow is your last day to get Henry's Tacos out in N Hollywood area( maybe it is Burbank?) they are closing tomorrow at 9 pm for good. Imagine the line will be insane

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                    1. re: suelassman

                      Henry's Tacos, speaking of a place where the food is underwhelming.
                      Carrillo's on Sherman Way is good food, as are many of the other recs, yet not in the dinner house category, but more the fast food category.

                      1. re: carter

                        I used to love Carillo's, but my last few visits were underwhelming. Chewy meat, cold burritos, etc...

                      2. re: suelassman

                        so i went to my barber yesterday and found it that it was right next to henry's. Last day, no line, why not.

                        2 hard tacos, 1 soft taco (which ended up being 2 soft tacos), 1 tostada, 1 order of chili, large orange bang. almost 20 bucks.

                        hard shelled items were okay but I wouldn't say they were better than taco bell/del taco. Most certainly far worse than the glorious hard shell tacos at the now defunct El Taco Llama.

                        But the soft taco and chili WTF. Had 1 bite of each and threw the rest away. Serious waste of food and money.

                        No loss IMHO.

                        1. re: ns1

                          There are other El Taco Llamas not too far away.

                          1. re: Jwsel

                            do you know if they have hard shell al pastor tacos?

                            1. re: ns1

                              I don't know. I've been to the ones in North Hollywood on Sherman Way, on Van Nuys, on Haskell by the 405, and on Balboa/Sherman Way, and all have generally had the same menu, though the quality differs between them. The North Hollywood ones were the best, imo. There also is another in North Hollywood and one at Burbank and Whitsett that I haven't tried

                              I get soft tacos and they always are the same with a selection of meats that you can choose. If they have hard tacos, I doubt they would prevent you from ordering them with al pastor. By the way, the last time I was at the Van Nuys restaurant, it was on a Friday evening and they were cooking pastor outside on a trompo.