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Oct 5, 2013 09:08 AM

Border Grill Happy Hour last night

ok, meh

not good
not bad

what i had:
grilled fish taco
poblano chile quesadilla

would i drive here from playa for this happy hour? no.
might i return if i am in santa monica for other reasons? possibly/probably.

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  1. i love the place.
    nice warm chips and a great sangria

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    1. re: yogacat

      didn't try the sangria.

      the chips were warm, but to me, that is a "so what?"
      lots of places serve warm, oily chips.
      the trio of salsas was nice, but, i didn't understand why they chose to use so much salt in what should have been basically acidic salsas.

      in any case, neither their chips and salsa, nor their array of nachos, would be enough to motivate me to make the drive.

      next time i'm in the area, i'll give the sangria a try.
      how sweet/sugary is it?

      1. re: westsidegal

        I like happy hour at Border Grill too. The chips are warm and the tortillas are fresh and homemade. That is a "what"

        Good salsas too and easy to mitigate salt issue by requesting no salt on the chips. Especially important if having one (or two) of their good margaritas

        1. re: Ernie

          <the chips are warm and the tortillas are fresh and homemade. That is 'what'>

          The tortillas are homemade? Really? When I think of 'homemade' in a restaurant I think of a person making them to order. Is that what they do there?

            1. re: Ernie

              Ernie: 1)the tortillas used in the chips are commercially purchased in bulk, they are not the handmade ones.
              2) the chips, though are made in house from the commercially purchased tortillas in batches as the night goes on.

              1. re: westsidegal

                westsidegal: 1) I stated the chips are warm and the tortillas are fresh and homemade
                2) Yes, this process is common in Mexican restaurants

              2. re: Ernie

                They certainly don't taste like any other homemade tortillas I've had in other restaurants that make their own, including mine.
                They taste like the typical 'take out of the package, warm, place in basket and tell the customer they're handmade'.

                1. re: latindancer

                  If you own a mexican restaurant you would know that you never use hand made tortillas for chips! Not right thickness or texture. But hand made for a taco is muy bueno!

                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    Not sure what you're talking about.

                    Ernie referenced 'tortillas' in homemade tortillas.
                    Ernie didn't say in his/her post they were used to make chips.

                    I've actually had chips made from homemade tortillas and they were delicious...perfectly delicious.
                    In this case my reference was to homemade tortillas eaten, folded, with filling. Llke a taco. Alone, as a side....

      2. I used to love Border Grill...

        Not so much anymore and I'm not sure if it's my tastes that have changed or the place was never that great to begin with?

        1. Thanks for the report. I ate the Downtown one many, many yrs ago and found it totally unimpressive and overpriced. Ate at the Santa Monica one a few months ago and thought the ingredients seemed decent enough but thought it was ridiculously over-priced. Happy hour pricing should take care of the second problem, but I agree it's not a destination.

          1. Don't know if they serve the homemade tortillas at happy hour, but I have been by many times, and have witnessed the lady in the window making the tortillas fresh, fwiw.

            Try Tinga next time you're in the area. Their cocktails & horchatas were delicious, as were the tacos. I haven't done happy hour there, but it may be a better price-quality ratio than BG. And yes, they are all overpriced because of where they are......

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              will give it a try next time.
              thanks so much for the rec.

              (the main reason i ended up at Border Grill was that i was visiting a friend at Santa Monica hospital until 9:30 pm.
              Border Grill's happy hour starts again at 9 and goes 'til closing.)