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El Cholo - The Original on Western Avenue
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11AM–10PM
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1121 S Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90006
1121 South Western AvenueUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90006
$$Mexican RestaurantToday 11AM–10PM
Thursday 11AM–10PMFriday 11AM–11PMSaturday 11AM–11PMSunday 11AM–9PMMonday 11AM–9PMTuesday 11AM–10PMWednesday 11AM–10PM
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Local Mexican chain serving classic dishes & margaritas in a traditional setting since the 1920s.- Google
"Tequila sampling, great chips & salsa."
"This place has some really great Blue Corn Enchiladas!"
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M Garcia
2 months ago
My Mom and Dad had their first date here back in 1949 we have celebrated many milestones at this wonderful family restaurant. We have celebrated anniversaries here, graduations, and other events here. Their food have only gotten better over the years, their history and place in Los Angeles restaurants is undeniable. Their margaritas are great, service always homey. I have never had a bad or mediocre meal here, only good to great ones. Be a part of history and give them a try you will come back, time and time again. Wonderful.
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Gary Washington
in the last week
This is the best Mexican Food in town. I love chips and salsa that was always on point and fresh. I love this place, their salads, desserts and sandwiches are always great and fantastic. Job well done..
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Steven H.
2 months ago
This place claims to have invented nachos! Not sure on the authenticity but all I can say is this was possibly the best Mexican food I've ever had. I'd recommend their "taste of history" platter for a little bit of everything. I'd definitely go back and explore their menu further. Good cocktails as well.
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Jen Mulder
in the last week
A great place to meet with friends. Good food, decent margaritas and the parking is reasonable.
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shandel lewis
in the last week
They have valet parking for $5. The food and drinks are tasty. I had the seafood enchiladas. They were generous with the seafood. And the service is great.
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Vincent Gifford
3 months ago
I had a delicious and quick meal, mainly rice and chicken. It reminded me of chipolata but better and with an authentic Asian touch, very fresh ingredients and lovely personnel. The guys who run the business know what they are doing. I'll definitively come back soon! Congrats.
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Westin Lee
5 months ago
Great food. Try the "Annie's California Enchiladas" if your looking for a vegetarian meal. A lil' sweet but if you request the "fire" sauce, it really does make a dilectable dish. Margaritas are on point. Chips and salsa are good. Service was a lil' slow due to the persnickety couple ahead of us, but the rest of the staff was inevitably able to adapt and overcome. Good time for a smoke break... All in all, great place; well worth the recommendation. P.S. Friend says to add "great view" to this review, but I think he was just talking about a few Hinas he'd seen at the bar.
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Robert Starkman
3 weeks ago
Always a treat. Food pretty good. Great old school atmosphere.


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