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Cafe De Mexico-Sherman Oaks

Hypnotic23 Mar 1, 2013 07:37 PM

Just returned from this new Mexican spot in Sherman Oaks, it was amazing! They would get a 10 rating from me if the pricing was lower, for taste a 10. I'm paying 3 times the amount for a taco just it's the closest thing that reminded me of the fresh carved Al Pastor off the spit in Tijuana. I also tried a fish taco, see both photos and the quality & food was outstanding. I shall return!

12918 Riverside Drive
by coldwater

Next to Mazzarino's Italian (See photos)

-Al Pastor (pork tacos)
-Fish Tacos

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    carter RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 1, 2013 08:56 PM

    This is the place across from WFMarket that used to be a dessert(ish) shop that had no clue, correct?!
    sure hope they do a good job with tacos, because they most surely knew nada about desserts, and their people skills left a bit to be desired as well.

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      Hypnotic23 RE: carter Mar 2, 2013 08:22 AM

      Exactly, same spot that failed as a dessert shop. Now as Cafe de Mexico it's now in my Top 3 favorite tacos for the Valley. Just paying $2.75 for one taco and more for the fish is a bit pricey. They do have $2.00 taco pricing from 3-6pm weekdays. I shall return.

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        MarkC RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 2, 2013 09:31 AM

        Who else is in your top 3? I'm a recent immigrant to the valley, and am looking for the best places. Metro Balderas is the only one in my area (Northridge). Apart from tacquerias, are there any sit down places serving good, traditional food (moles, etc)?

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          Servorg RE: MarkC Mar 2, 2013 09:42 AM

          Have you road (taste) tested any of the Las Fuentas family of Mexican restaurants? http://www.lasfuentes.com/ or the cemitas poblanas at Don Adrian on Victory at Kester? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593570

          1. re: Servorg
            MarkC RE: Servorg Mar 2, 2013 10:08 AM

            Hi Servorg;

            I tried the one in Northridge. Food was good, but a bit "gringo-ized", if you'll forgive the expression. Don Adrian definitely sounds like it's worth a try. Thanks!

          2. re: MarkC
            Hypnotic23 RE: MarkC Mar 2, 2013 10:22 AM

            My Top 3 are:

            Casita Taco Al Carbon
            (818) 508-8118

            Fast Taco
            (818) 700-9491

            El Tapatio
            (818) 883-6142

            now Cafe De Mexico is climbing in fast!



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              MarkC RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 2, 2013 11:44 AM

              They're on the radar screen now. Thanks!

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                chris1621 RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 4, 2013 04:08 PM

                Thanks for these! I just moved to the valley from Hollywood and have been looking for new places. Casita Taco Al Carbon has been on my list to try...

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                mucho gordo RE: MarkC Mar 2, 2013 12:30 PM

                Unfortunately the best, Carlo's, closed down a few years ago. Their chili verde was superb. The best 'sit-down' Mexican I've found is Que Rico on Victory just west of Coldwater. I judge their authenticity by the varieties of meat they have that most places don't. They have cabeza, bouche, etc. My favorite there is the tripas.

          3. westsidegal RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 2, 2013 01:15 AM

            ok, i'll bite.
            what was the pricing?

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              Servorg RE: westsidegal Mar 2, 2013 06:11 AM

              Someone posted a photo of the menu over on Yelp and I can see that the burritos are $9.95 and the tacos are either $2.50 (vegetarian) or $2.75 (meat) and it looked like $3.50 for fish (it was a little hard to make out for my old eyes).

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              cdub RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 2, 2013 10:58 AM

              Been once. Makes the pricing at loteria seem like a bargain. The burrito I had was ok. Just wasn't thrilled at spending $20 for a breakfast burrito and coffee.

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                FranklinJefferson RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 2, 2013 03:48 PM

                So... This is on the same corner as Hugo's Tacos?

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                  ebethsdad RE: FranklinJefferson Mar 2, 2013 03:51 PM

                  Right around the corner.

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                  kevin RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 15, 2013 01:43 PM

                  What was the dessert cafe concept that was here before ?

                  Was it a tasting menu of dessserts concept ?

                  1. Hypnotic23 RE: Hypnotic23 Mar 22, 2013 06:04 PM

                    I just returned for a 2nd time, this time during Happy Hour for the $2 taco price and loved it. This is definitely my new local go to spot. Plus I was able to try the complimentary chips & salsa this time when eating there. The chips were the way I like them, a little thicker and had a wonderful seasoning. The salsa had a nice kick to it too. Happy to have this spot in our area now.


                    Stuart ;.)

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