Looking for a specific type of Mexican experience east of Hollywood...
I'm a huge fan of the atmosphere, service, and margaritas of the standard LA Mexican-American family restaurant--places like Barragan's, El Compadre, El Conquistador, etc. I'm talking about the standard menu of enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, with a few house specials and then some meat and seafood plates. The problem is that the aforementioned places tend to have mediocre food--at best. I'm wondering if there's a restaurant across the river that holds itself to a higher culinary standard while still maintaining the booths, chips & salsa, and margaritas vibe--or maybe even something in the neighborhoods just west of the river that I may have missed.
I'm wondering if there's a restaurant across the river that holds itself to a higher culinary standard while still maintaining the booths, chips & salsa, and margaritas vibe ...
I've asked and searched for this exact thing in the past and have come up with nothing. In a city with so much great mexican food, I can't understand why we can't have a restaurant serving up great food with great margaritas. But it is what it is.
The closest thing I came up with is Don Antonio's in WLA. Not everyone will think their food is great here but I find that it's the best out there if you want a margarita to go with your plate of mexican food.
Cacao Mexicatessen finally has a 41 license now. While that means you still can't get a margie, at least you can get a proper beer / wine w/ the mole and enchiladas.
El Cid has a brand new chef, and they're not just serving chips & salsa these days.
There's also Malo's, but that's obvs west of the river (as is El Cid).
There are a few booth + margaritas places in Boyle Heights/East LA, yelp 'em.
tonyc, since you're usually kind and generous with the suggestions about good places to go, i am somehow compelled to wonder if it wouldn't be more helpful to just name the joints rather than refer us to another website.
i mean, sure, we don't want every poster to turn into k ___"my computer seems to have no google"__n, but isn't chowhound about recommending the good places?