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Mexican near Bergamot: Juquila, Tacomiendo or Monte Alban?

Need a place for a relatively quick lunch not far from Bergamot station. I've always had monte alban, juquila and tacomiendo on my list of "need to try" places when I'm in that area, but haven't yet had the chance to try any of them...

So, given the choice, which would you try between the three? Or is there another option you'd rather give the nod to?

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  1. Tacos Puntas Cabras...

    --Dommy!

    1. Of the three.... Go monte. And get the barbsco de Chico taxis and the fried bananas.

      1. Monte Alban
        rustic chicken soup...Tlayuda...housemade corn tortillas

        1. Plus three for monte Alban.... We loved the tlayudas also.

          1. I'd go to Monte Alban. But put Tacos Por Favor on your list for a more casual spot and quick bite to eat. I love their salsa rojo.

            http://www.tacosporfavor.net/

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              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                Indeed. The Tacos por Favor Salsa Roja is amongst the best I've had anywhere.

              1. Well, I actually really like the chile relleno at Tacomiendo. I think it's one of the best around. And I like puns so there's that.

                Monte Alban has some really good goat, mole negro, and consommé. Other stuff isn't all that for me. This would be second for me unless I was craving those specific dishes.

                Tacos Punta Cabras hit higher notes than all the places you mentioned. But you need to like fish. This would be my top choice.

                Juquila is fine, I suppose. I think it's probably lowest of the bunch for me, but I've explored it the least.

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                1. re: cacio e pepe

                  For just the fish taco itself not the cocktails I like it at por favor better. But those cocktails and tostadas at TPC are tight. Love the pineapple habenero sauce at tpc and their drinks. Gotta hit that relleno at tacomiendo. Like their fresh tortillas there too. I've learned that I'm just not a big mole fan so don't really like alban much.

                  1. re: cacio e pepe

                    Interesting. I've Juquila perhaps twice and Monte Alban many times more. I don't have equivalent dishes at both places, but, for whatever reason, I liked Juquila more. Many b/c the flavors seem to have penetrated the meat better?

                    I like the burrito w/ black mole at Monte Alban, the queso fundido, Volcan Oaxaqueño, cecina, and tacos enchilados.

                    At Monte Alban, whenever I've ordered chicken breast covered w/ ____ mole, I've inevitably been disappointed b/c they simply pour on the mole on prior to serving.

                    1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                      I'm not an expert by any means, but it's my understanding that the poach and pour technique is pretty common and even traditional, especially for mole negro. Someone like Dommy! will hopefully chime in here.

                      I know my Bayless recipes always call of a braise in the mole sauce, but anytime a friend brings me their relative's mole, the instructions are always to cook the meat separately from the mole.

                      I think I like Monte Alban better because I remember strongly preferring their mole negro (just the sauce itself) over Juquila's and the goat at MA is pretty awesome considering how far west the restaurant is.

                      But your post reminds me that I should really try Juquila's a few more times!

                      1. re: cacio e pepe

                        That may be the common technique (I have no idea, actually), but it doesn't mean I have to like it. ;)

                        I do agree that the black mole (itself) at MA is delicious. Probably why I like the tacos enchilados so much there. The tortilla soak up the mole nicely, and cheese is never a bad thing. ;)

                        Skip the yellow mole at MA. Bland and insipid (even though the server said it would be "spicy"!).

                        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                          Oh, totally agree! I often do the mole negro with pork, which I think is not so traditional, but I love it.

                          Yellow mole didn't do it for me, either.

                      2. re: paranoidgarliclover

                        We used to live near and went to both more frequently. Our experience was the opposite of yours. Prefered just about every dish at MA over Juquila. But I haven't been to Juquila in a couple of years, who knows if things have changed.

                        1. re: Jase

                          My taste can also sometimes be a little different from other people. ;)

                          Again, I haven't tried "direct comparison" dishes (think I ordered goat once at Juquila; not sure if they have that a MA?). And, for whatever reason, I've only had the red mole at Juquila. Might be time for me to do more of a true taste test.... ;)

                          1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                            Nothing wrong with that. I've been on the site 10+ years and there's been plenty of times my tastes don't match with board consensus.

                            I will add I normally don't order mole at MA. I usually get other things such as the goat barbacoa or the molcajete grill. I think MA does goat very well.

                            1. re: Jase

                              This could very well be the reason (you not ordering mole that often at MA). While I like the black mole on a variety of things, I've generally been more pleased w/ their non-mole items....

                    2. I'm all for Tacos Puntas Cabras as well but like Cacio said it's all fish or Tofu. But it is awesome. The cauliflour tostada is my new crack.

                      But closer though is Tacos Por Favor, casual but a nice extensive menu. The salsas are nice and spicy. I personally go for the Pastor and asada tacos, because I am a simpleton.

                      I eat here 1-2 times a week.

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                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                        Great chorizo and cheese tacos. Not the runny kind of chorizo too.

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Will have to try those.... Hard for me to steer away from the al pastor.... Will have to show some will power for once....haha

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                Tacos are small. I usually get 4 or more!

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  I mean this in the most complimentary way: the chorizo at TPF tastes (and looks) kind of like cut up, fried hot dogs. And I think their mushroom tacos are better than their potato tacos.

                                  FYI you can request soft or hard shell for ANY taco.

                                  And, they have nacho fries. Not sure if it's actually on the menu, but I've gotten both lengua fries and chorizo fries before.

                                  1. re: phamschottler

                                    Nacho fries. Game changer. Thank you for that.

                                    1. re: phamschottler

                                      if you want actual dogmeat, get the Cuban torta which has a butterflied dog on it in addition to rest.

                                      I like the potato tacos with chorizo and cheese...so light ;)

                                      1. re: phamschottler

                                        nacho cheese fries ???? hmmm.

                                        i'll try those mushroom tacos.

                                        that sounds pretty good.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          I think they call it nacho fries, and it's just carne asada fries minus the meat (but you can add whatever meat/ fish/ veggie you want).

                                          1. re: phamschottler

                                            ok, is it just the nacho cheese on there ??? or is there coitja cheese, other cheese on there ????

                                            thanks.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              Probably jack cheese or some basic cheese mix. Here's a picture:

                                              http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/tacos-...

                                              1. re: phamschottler

                                                thanks, i'll check it out.

                                                looks like purest junk food.

                                                which is fine.

                                  2. re: jessejames

                                    Yeah, tried that last night (chorizo, cheese, and potato)... That was REALLY good!!!

                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                        I'm so jealous, because I tried to go there today for lunch to try these, and didn't end up going because the meters were all full, and I had other things o do in SaMo before school dismissal...... And I still have the salsa Roja itch to scratch...... May have to try again tomorrow if I can't get it out of my head tonight.

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Yeah that roja is beverage-worthy. I swear, though, i need to start bringing a little bowl of my own to put it in, something more dip friendly than those tiny soufflé cups they give. I like to dip the chips in that stuff.

                                  3. re: jessejames

                                    That's the ticket at TPF. Best item there for me. It's been awhile, though.

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      Never had that... Going to now! Thx!

                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                        Fish taco there pretty solid too. Asada ok not as good as tacomiendo

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Yeah, the asada isn't my favorite, but I still like me some beef :-)

                                          I know this will be unpopular here but I love Salsa and Beer in NoHo because of the charbroiling and the incredible smoky flavor the grill imparts to the meat. I no longer am near it so I am hitting up westside joints. Tacomiendo is on my list now. Thanks!!

                                        2. re: gr8pimpin

                                          The chorizo and cheese is my favorite item there. And as noted above, the salsa rojo is great. Couple of chorizo and cheese tacos doused with the salsa and washed down with a orange Jarritos makes for a great snack for me.

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                have a few of those and then hit up shunji's for dinner.

                                            1. re: Jase

                                              I had a chorizo/cheese taco today on your recommendation (and Offalo, Kevin and JJ)...

                                              RIGHT ON!!! Not anything like I expected. I was ready for the ground up, vomet-like consistency chorizo... Not this.

                                              I have a new favorite at TPF!!!

                                              Thanks all!!

                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                Glad you liked it. Good chorizo should never have that pasty vomit consistency.

                                                You should give Los Anaya's chorizo a try. Get their chilaquiles and ask for the chorizo on top. It is effing amazing.

                                                1. re: Jase

                                                  I WILL try Los Anaya! Thanks again for the recs!

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            They also have a good mushroom burrito, but I like the chorizo/cheese taco too.

                                        3. always meant to try Monte Alban...now that i hear home made corn tortillas, i willl soon...ate at Tacomiendo many times..luv their thick, home made, corn tortillas, and excellent carnitas(tacos or plate)...

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                                          1. re: lapizzamaven

                                            Me too. Nice crispy carnitas. And free bean pot at the salsa bar

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              Went yesterday. I like the place. Beans pot was great. I'm gonna sneak in a bowl :-)

                                              Carnitas were crispy and lean (kinda missed the fat) Asada was nicely charred. Tortillas were money. All in all pretty good. Nice to have another place to go to that's local!

                                              But it made me miss Salsa and Beer NoHo so now I'm going there today.

                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                I gotta try your noho spot pimpmaster

                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                  If you like smokey tacos al carbon, this has a real strong flavor. The carnitas are really flavorful as well. My GF always gets the steak and shrimp combo.

                                                  The chicken molcajete came on two giant plates, one for the chicken, one for the beans and rice tortillas and guac. I'm a big guy and couldn't finish it.

                                                  Bargain margaritas.

                                                  The Van Nuys location is not as good as NoHo.

                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                    Which is the one on White Oak? I think that's the one we went to, in the reseda area...

                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                      That's Salsa and Beer's other (first) location. They opened where Papas and Beer used to be. Food isn't as good (IMHO) and they don't have a full bar. NoHo has two full bars and the meat is much more smokey. The parking is the one negative, the lot is small and like a zoo.

                                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                        Ah, thanks. Too bad the reseda one is closer to us than Noho....

                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                          if you're going to reseda, go to Pita Pockets too, hey, you're already there.

                                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/pita-p...

                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                            I like that one too... Just not as much as the other :-). I actually am working down the street from the White Oak location... But I need tequila with my tacos :-)

                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                The thing I really do not like is the beans. Unless you get the whole pintos, they serve the bean dip on the plate.

                                                                The bean dip is awesome for chips, but I'd get the pintos as a sub.

                                                      2. re: gr8pimpin

                                                        Smokey tacos al carbon. Yes. I'll hit up.

                                              2. I haven't been to Juquila or MA for ages so I can't compare.

                                                But just for tacos -- I do like Tacomiendo. They have those homemade corn tortillas and they put that grilled scallion on the tacos. Plus, they have the great salsa and the pot of beans that you can help yourself to for free.

                                                A couple of tacos on those fresh tortillas, some of those beans and one of their fresh squeezed juices is a solid lunch.

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                                                1. re: PaulF

                                                  <<pot of beans>> LOVE THAT.

                                                  Love Monte Alban too - chicken soup, clayuda.

                                                2. Monte Alban for the consomme and Tacos Por Favor for everything else.

                                                  1. is tacomiendo the joint you get chorizo with cheese ?????

                                                    do they have any dishes that are like la super rica in SB ???????

                                                    that chorizo/cheese got me thinking…….

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                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                        sounds great, lots of fish and shrimp on the menu, and good sounding breakfast, no clue why i haven't hit that up before.

                                                        and that ain't no joke.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          You've never been to TPF?? I like them better than TPC.... Next time you're up for it or in the area let me know, I'm due for some al pastor red sauce & try that chorizo y papas taco.....

                                                    1. someone mentioned that the tacomiendo on pico and gateway, sucks, but the one in culver city on inglewood ave is great ????????????

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                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        My experience has been the opposite. Every time I've been to the CC location, the corn tortillas were dry and had been sitting around for a while. Meats were the same. Perhaps I was there at an off time, but never had that issue with the WLA location.

                                                        1. re: Moose

                                                          what do you order at the WLA location ???????????

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            I generally get the tacos. Usually the pork adobada and carne asada. Both meats are really fantastic. The carnitas is also excellent. The burritos are HUGE. The crispy potato taco was quite tasty.

                                                            Now if I could have Tacos por Favor's salsa roja with Tacomiendo tacos, that would be sheer heaven. The salsas at Tacomiendo are certainly very good, however.

                                                        2. re: kevin

                                                          Tacominedo at Pico/Gateway DOES NOT suck at all. It's great.
                                                          You, especially, will like their very spicy shrimp diablo (on the "specials" menu that never changes). And the 9 dollar fish soup. Great food, folks and free beans.

                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                            shrimp diablo, hmmm, that i will have try the $9 fish soup too.

                                                            i like those special boards that always stay the same.

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              birria is common there...goes nice with the fresh tortillas too. believe it or not, good French fries too if you're burned out on chips

                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                hmm, good fries, please describe further.

                                                                maybe guacamole with cheddar cheese topped fries ????????

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  golden standard fried, not the dryed out crap like in n out, if frozen, still good...

                                                                  I think if you skip the asada there you're missing out.

                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                    the shrimp disablo sounds like my cup of tea if it's pretty darn good.

                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                      ive had it....pretty good.
                                                                      they have a big menu with lots of good stuff.
                                                                      chiliquiles with carnitas and green sauce...I keep coming back to the asada there...thin crisp and flavorful.

                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                        i think i went a few years back, but seemingly ordered the wrong shit, like a veggie burrito and always thought it was crap.

                                                                        but it sounds like the specials board, that doesn't change is the way to go.

                                                                        but it is tempting when Mori is right across the street.

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          depends if you want to spend 10 or 100.

                                                                          and if you're going to mori, might as well just high tail down pico a bit further to shunji

                                                                          the asada is the ticket at miendo

                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                            Kevin's not currently eating beef or other terrestrial meats, as I understand it.

                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                              gotcha.
                                                                              guess what makes those bean burritos so tasty...sorry brotha!

                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                i'm still talking about it though. so that's no worries.

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  Just don't blow your streak on dickhead tacos with Offalo

                                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                                    Had a beef tendon sundubu at Seoul House of Tofu today. Actually really good. The tendon reminded me of dick.

                                                                                     
                                                                                     
                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                      Nice. I had the mushroom one recently with a side of short ribs. Lotta food. Solid and huge seafood pancakes.

                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                    I'll repeat my rec for the chile relleno at Tacomiendo. Something about that sauce reminds me of the homemade stuff I've sampled. Not saying it's healthy, but it's vegetarian!

                                                                            2. re: kevin

                                                                              The pambazo with lengua is amazing (from either location)! Similar to a torta but with softer bread with mashed potatoes, very tender tongue and doused in the salsa picante. I stick a few chips into the sandwich for crunch.
                                                                              Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it...

                                                                2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                  Oh man... I was eyeing the shrimp diablo... First time there so I went with a sampler: 2 carnitas, 1 asada, 1 chicken, chicken tamal... Next time getting the diablo.

                                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                    Hope you like it.
                                                                    I am a chili freak - I almost never eat a dish I would describe as "too hot" but this one comes very close. Only had it once but I may swing by there tonight and make sure they have not toned it down.

                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                      Too hot ???? What's a comparison ????

                                                                      I want my tomorrow to be decently productive.

                                                                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                    Went there tonight. Ohmigod, the caritas burrito was TOO BIG. Although I didn't realize it until ~30 min after eating the whole thing (plus the side plate of chips + free beans + salsa).

                                                                    Burrito was good but not amazing. Very much needed the salsa to add some moisture. Chips + salsa + beans was GREAT. Agua frescas were good, too.

                                                                    There's something very "honest" about the place. Probably will be back, but only when I haven't eaten the whole day!

                                                                    1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                                                      Are you talking about Tacomiendo? C'mon, hounds, is it that hard to specify a restaurant and location/branch when a thread gets long?

                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                        Yes, Tacomiendo. Actually, the reason I didn't mention the name was b/c I had entered this as a reply to Ciao Bob (if you click the RE: box, it'll highlight his message), and he only mentioned Tacomiendo. But, yes, I get your point. ;)

                                                                        1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                                                          i get confused all the time too.

                                                                          but that shrimp diablo i think was a one shot deal for me. too spicy and i kind of regretted it if you know what i mean later one.

                                                                          and that truly ain't no joke.

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            I went to 'Miendo on Inglewood tonight just to try the diablo and they didn't have any.

                                                                            I got shrimp fajitas instead, which weren't terrible, but definitely not what I had in mind.

                                                                            :(

                                                                  3. re: kevin

                                                                    I find them to be basically the same.

                                                                    I live walking distance to the CC location -- tortillas are always fresh.

                                                                    My restaurant row is Tacomiendo, Sanchez and El Abajeno. None of them are perfect, but each of a few dishes worth getting.

                                                                    1. re: PaulF

                                                                      We also live nearby. We like Tacomiendo but somehow it always ends up as 3rd choice between Sanchez an El Abajeno when we're choosing between the three. We go to Tacomiendo maybe 1 in 10 times compared to the other two.

                                                                      1. re: Jase

                                                                        It really depends on what you're ordering. If you're just going for tacos, then 'Miendo is the one for us. I never, ever order a burrito at 'Miendo. Sometimes an entree, the tortas are good, mostly the tacos and never a burrito. That pot of beans is really nice, too. Also, 'Miendo stays open the latest of the three and has fresh squeezed juices.

                                                                        For me, El Abajeno is the least interesting. For the dishes it does pretty well, there are usually better versions in the neighborhood, though maybe not at that corner. I don't think their rice and beans are anything more than average and their salsa is pretty standard. I usually only go to El Ab for breakfast because 'Miendo doesn't do breakfast and Sanchez (that Sanchez, anyway) has no where to sit.

                                                                        Sanchez has the great asada and the best burritos of the three, including a pretty good shrimp burrito. Their tacos would be equal to or sometimes better than 'Miendo, except for the tortillas.

                                                                        Oh -- every Sunday I pick up fresh tamales at El A before I walk to the Farmer's Market. I wasn't counting that in my equation.

                                                                          1. re: PaulF

                                                                            Anyone have opinions on La Talpa?

                                                                            One of my bandmates was carrying on about it being "The Best Mexican in WLA" last night. I have my doubts, but I have never been.

                                                                            The burrito's at 'Miendo are just about inedible. Too Huge. Too Over Stuffed. But not in a good way. Love the grilled scallion but you can get that with the quesidilla too. The specials and entrees are my loves there. Great tortillas with the shrimp diablo and the soups. Gotta try the c. relleno soon.

                                                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                              I love the Talpa for certain things. The Burrito with pork and spicy tomatillo sauce is off the charts. Carnitas are very good, as is the asada. The chips are fresh and thick. Table salsa is also really good, however, I add a bit of salt. If they used homemade tortillas, the place would be easily one of the best on the westside. Definitely many notches up from Don Antonio's and Gilbert's.

                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                "The burrito's at 'Miendo are just about inedible. Too Huge. Too Over Stuffed. But not in a good way."

                                                                                Agree, they fall apart really easily, too. They use the wrong beans. Just not good. The rice isn't that good, either.

                                                                                I don't remember eating at La Talpa -- I might have, but can't remember.

                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                  The Talpa - Fantastic Guacamole, Great table salsa & thick chips (as mentioned) NOW HAS A FULL LIQUOR LICENSE.
                                                                                  I love their rice & beans (read deal refried beans).
                                                                                  Nothing fancy but mighty good!

                                                                                  1. re: CastironJim

                                                                                    We've been to Don Antonio's many times.... I think the time is right to try la Talpa......

                                                                                      1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                        I'm not surprised..... But when you have young kids, it's all bout the fish tank....

                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                      I like The Talpa. Especially good for weekday lunch specials ($5.75 for rice and beans and taco/ burrito/ taquitos/ enchilada/ tamal/ chile relleno). And I've been pleased by their shrimp dishes (Shrimp Cocktail, Canasta de Camerones, Camerones al Mojo de Ajo). Went last night and had their Gallina en Mole (good; mole a little bitter and not too sweet), and a T-bone with rice, beans, and guacamole (actually not bad; nothing fancy, but well seasoned and flavorful). Rice and beans are pretty great here, and the table salsa is decently spicy. Worth a try.

                                                                                      Menu:

                                                                                      http://thetalpa.com/menu/

                                                                                      Some pics:

                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/pMvotvg_pi/
                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/nyl6ShA_pu/
                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/nJamUcg_jS/

                                                                                    2. re: PaulF

                                                                                      You know, now that I think about it I can see why Tacomiendo ranks last for us. If we're looking for sit down mexican, we're going to go drive somewhere else. If we want a quick bite or snack we're going to Sanchez or Abajeno.

                                                                                      At Abajeno, we usually stick with only one item. Their carnitas taquitos. Which are really more like hugely overstuffed soft taco with cheese and a generous slice of avocado. At $2.25 it's a good deal and we like the flavor combo. Their salsa rojo although not as good as Tacos Por Favor is still pretty good.

                                                                                      If we want tacos or burritos, we go to Sanchez. I like all their meats except for the Lomo. Their shrimp tacos are also solid if a bit inconsistent.

                                                                                      I really wish one of the three did a good bean and cheese burrito though.

                                                                                      1. re: PaulF

                                                                                        Went to El Abajeno tonight.

                                                                                        We all agreed no reason to go back. Everything we had is better some place else.

                                                                                        First time ever... I left most of my food on the plate untouched.

                                                                                        Carnitas, asada, Colorado, verde, relleno... Not good. Colorado I felt like I was eating dog food. Beans best thing. Rice was horrid.

                                                                                        I pondered aloud was there anything I had here that would make a good, taco, burrito, torta etc? Answer a resounding no.

                                                                                  2. re: kevin

                                                                                    I know everyone is basically saying tacomiendo on Pico & gateway is really good. I remember trying their al pastor and not being all that impressed. It was good, tasty, IIRC, but not better by any degree than TPF. And everyone is also talking up their homemade tortillas..... I honestly don't remember the tortillas being all that special either. As in, I don't think they were homemade. That is usually a detail I won't forget about. Sort of like how I feel about la superica.... I never forget how their food & tortillas taste, and I only get there about once a year. Same with Guisado's... I can still taste their tortillas. Cannot for the life of me recall tacomiendo's. <shrugs>

                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                      it's pretty good not life changing...I was at sanchez a few days ago and I like that a lot too. great salsa bar.

                                                                                      I'm the odd duck here that likes gilberts!

                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                        I've not made it to either of those! Where's Sanchez again?

                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                          taquaria sanchez is on the west side of centinela a bit south of the mitsuwa market. there's a restaurant sanchez across the street.

                                                                                          gilberts is on pico near mccabes.

                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                            Ah, okay been by a million times, never stopped in, thanks!

                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                              there's also the old mariscos chente near there.

                                                                                              no clue if it's any good though.

                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                I added a shrimp cocktail to my order at Sanchez and it was good not great. But fresh and ample. I should try that MC.

                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                  Get the shrimp cocktail at The Talpa.

                                                                                        2. re: jessejames

                                                                                          and gilbert's has a full bar too.

                                                                                          but it's cash only :)

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            GILBERTS...the only full bar restaurant I know that is CASH ONLY.

                                                                                            1. re: Bigtip

                                                                                              Pretty bottom shelf selection tho

                                                                                            2. re: kevin

                                                                                              That Fernando's burrito and the other smothered burritos are so good. Get the diablo sauce.

                                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                SECOND THE DIABLO SAUCE!!!

                                                                                                Gilbert's only has cheddar cheese, puts lettuce in their burritos, and won't take credit cards, but I totally love this place. I'm there every week, I think. Many breakfast items all day too. And the best beans on the westside (I've ordered just beans before).

                                                                                                FYI the Fernando's burrito is the one with chiles rellenos in it. It's awesome.

                                                                                                  1. re: phamschottler

                                                                                                    I only like cheddar cheese in my burritos. You may now revoke my street cred. Love that stuff.

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      The sauces they smother those burritos is awesome.

                                                                                            3. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                              It is spotty but the things that are good are very, very good and the rest is indeed so-so.

                                                                                              The tortillas I am talking about are fresh and hot, wrapped in foil, and served with the main dishes or soups. I haven't had an individual taco or burrito there for a long time (since I discovered how great the other things are). Like you, I kind of recall the standard taco/burrito tortilla to be nothing special. Maybe they use different species for different dishes?

                                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                In response to both dweo and CB:

                                                                                                I think this is accurate.

                                                                                                I don't recall seeing al pastor on the menu, though I could be mistaken. I think they have a pork adobo or something. It's fine, but I do think Tacos Por Favor is better for that kind of thing. Frankly, if I'm craving al pastor, it's tough to scratch the itch on the westside. If you must have a taco at Tacomiendo, get the asada. Avoid the burritos.

                                                                                                And as much as I like their tortillas, they aren't on the level of Guisados. They are, however solidly and consistently good. They beat the packaged stuff hands down.

                                                                                                I think the dishes, though, are quite tasty and the real reasons to go to Tacomiendo. Really homey stuff. The beans are great and the aqua frescas are better than most places on this side of town.

                                                                                                1. re: cacio e pepe

                                                                                                  im with you...asada tacos or plate all the way

                                                                                                2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                  Ah, okay that explains why my tacos did not have the fresh h-m tortillas.....

                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                    The tacomiendo shrimp diablo almost put me in the ….

                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                      have to disagree with Ciao Bob on this one, i havent been in a few months, but ive often got a couple tacos at Tacomiendo(carnitas) and they were the same thickish, def home made tortillas as come wrapped in tin foil with dinners...

                                                                                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                    The tortillas at tacomiendo are def homemade (and different in style than I've seen anywhere really almost a cross btwn a flour and corn tortilla- cant prove that though). They don't have a Trompo so I wouldn't get the al pastor there

                                                                                                    1. re: AAQjr

                                                                                                      I can never there, tell corn or flour - good to know it's not "just me" - but I sure do love 'em.

                                                                                                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                      Dirty, if Tacomiendo's (on Gateway) tortillas are not home made, i'll treat you to any of these other places for dinner!

                                                                                                      1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                                                        that sounds like a great deal, pizza maven.

                                                                                                      2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                        Dirtywxtraolives, you should definitely return to Tacomiendo(ive only been to the Gateway locale). Ive never been disappointed...the tortillas are homemade and excellent, carnitas is excellent, a pot of beans and a more than decent salsa bar...ive never had anything but the carnitas tacos plate so i need to try some other things.

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                        1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                                                                          Asada all the way there for me. It's thin and nice

                                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                            Agree about the asada from what I've had I think the asada is the call. The carnitas, while crispy had none of the fat (I mean the juicy fat not globs attached to the meat) that give real carnitas taste and moistness. To me they were just ok. The beans are awesome as are the salsas -- gotta try the shrimp diablo next.

                                                                                                    3. Tacomiendo is awesome and I love their frijoles de la olla, the tortillas are unique one of my favorites in the area. WTF is up with their rice though?!? some of the worst mexican rice I have ever had. It tastes like it was made with uncle ben's! They put so much care into everything else, it is hard to forgive bad rice.

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                                                                                                      1. re: AAQjr

                                                                                                        That's why I stick with the tacos. Good tortillas, good fillings, that grilled scallion and I get a cup or two of those beans from the communal pot.

                                                                                                        No rice.

                                                                                                        1. re: PaulF

                                                                                                          Where is this grilled scallon everyone mentions? My table Sunday had 6 tacos and no scallions anywhere. Is it a certain meat type that they grace with a scallion?

                                                                                                          1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                            The entrees at Tacomiendo usually comes with grilled scallions. If you're ordering individual tacos and not a plate, chances are you're not getting it with just a taco.

                                                                                                            1. re: Jase

                                                                                                              My GF got a plate. Nada. I'm gonna demand my veggies next time ;-)

                                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                  I might just bring my own. It'll make a point when i throw 5 pounds of grilled scallions on my taco plate!!

                                                                                                                2. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                  Got to fight for your right to...grilled scallions.

                                                                                                        2. the camarones diablo at Tacomiendo were quite good if spicy as hell. the waitress even warned me, "be careful it's very hot".

                                                                                                          1. Had an early lunch snack at Tacos por Favor (Olympic east of Bundy) today. Carnitas taco and al pastor taco ($2.35 ++ = $5.12). Both generously stuffed for tacos. Carnitas was meaty but not very fatty or moist. Al pastor was well-spiced. Beauty of this snack was the salsa bar. I had a little container of their rich, spicy roja to dip my chips, and took pico and rona to smother my taco. A couple of squeezes of lime on each. Better than satisfying snack. Just finished the remainder of the chips with both while watching baseball. I'll be stopping in more often.