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“Off The Border”
Review of Antonio's

Antonio's
Ranked #3,515 of 10,092 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Neighbourhood: Central L.A
Westchester, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Off The Border”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

Want a burrito? At Antonio's you'll find it on the menu between the chicken sandwich and the burger and fries. Antonio's has tacos and enchiladas, but the menu focuses on Monterrey and Mexico City. The menu cycles through Mexico City specialties, such as Tamales de Frijoles and Ropa Vieja (beef, peppers, raisins, tomatoes, and other spices) by the day of the week. I enjoyed their Chicken Papachango, chicken breast with a white wine & herb sauce, served with a banana, rice, and beans, off of their Monterrey menu. The dining room is a series of comfortable booths in a warm, softly-lit atmosphere, attended by a friendly staff. My dining companion, whose tastes are tempered by his Mexican background, subjected his meal to much greater scrutiny than I did, but I simply appreciate a cuisine that's a little off the beaten path and enjoyably seasoned. According to the menu, Antonio's tries to stay true to Mexico's regionality, passed down from an earlier generation. I cite an observation of a Texan food writer on how one might try to describe "American food" (recalls an experience at a restaurant in Europe that presented "American cuisine"). Like American food, Mexican cuisine is also a varied array of regional and local tastes and practices that isn't well-represented when "pigeon-holed". Antonio's presents their version of Mexican culture.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Larry S
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English first
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Old school”
Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Service was excellent, food was OK+. We were there on a Sunday evening and there was only one other table with customers. It was tasty, but nothing special. Good vibe in the place, but perhaps tired with the younger set.

Visited March 2014
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Thank jollyguy
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Old School Wins”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

Referred to Antonio's by a trusted foodie, we were pleasantly surprised. We were both greeted and sat by Antonio himself, a living legend! The atmosphere resembles a true mexican-style abode, very homey. There is a main room up front, a bar area to sit at, and back room for tequila tastings! Being a native LA local, we've had our fare share of Mexican - this tops them all. The strawberry margarita was large but indulgent & the 'antonios special' well worth the money. The wait staff speak authentic spanish if you're feeling froggy - and the service never skips a beat. This place is a true gem for locals and a must for those passing through. Park across the street on meters & thank me later!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank 310Lion
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Love this restaurant”
Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

Antonio's has been a tradition with my family for 40 years. It's our go-to restaurant for family dinners and we love it. Delicious food, huge portions, unusual recipes. The fish tacos and enchiladas Oaxaca are particularly good, as are the chips and guacamole.

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Thank Modernity
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Albuquerque
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Essential Hollywood Experience”
Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

We were introduced by my celebrity relative to Antonio at the door. He is a very nice man with a nice family running this long-time Hollywood business for over half a century. I saw pictures of Antonio with the biggest legends of Hollywood and heard stories that Hollywood dreams are made of. The atmosphere was comfortable and mesmerizing. The food was very, very good. I am used to New Mexican food, and Antonio's stands up well on its own merits. Melrose Ave is special in its own way and you must eat at Antonio's!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Gregory G
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