The first of what's now a small chain, this landmark south of Hollywood has been packing them in since the 1920s. A hand-painted adobe ceiling and an outdoor patio with a fountain create a partylike atmosphere, which the bar's legendary margaritas can only enhance. The fare includes all kinds of Cal–Mex standards, including tacos, chicken enchiladas, carnitas (shredded fried pork), and—from July to October—their famous green-corn tamales.
Jun 20, 2009
I don't know if this place is what Jimmy Buffett was thinking when he wrote the song, but El Cholo's has always been know more for its great margaritas than for its food. The food is a good Californian impression of what they think Mexican food is, and very reasonably priced, but you come here primarily for family and friend gatherings (great for kids too!) and a party atmosphere. Salud!
Jun 26, 2000
This is the flagship location, but there are El Cholo's in Santa Monica and La Habra, among others I believe. It's an institution in LA, and I grew up here, from the days of Cheerios on my high chair tray to magaritas! As with all true Mexican restaurants, the food is not gourmet, but no local can go very long without it.