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“Best Fried Tilapia/Family Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Zacatecas

Ranked #1 of 124 Restaurants in Hawthorne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Phone number 310-679-5161. Owners are Rodolfo Garcia and Juan Manuel Garcia. Restaurant offers excellent home-style Mexican food. Impressively friendly owners and staff. Although small, very clean and comfortable surroundings. Generous portions of everything, including the wine. Priced almost too reasonably for the level of food and service excellence. This is the kind of restaurant we will go out of our way to visit any time we are in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best Fried Tilapia/Family Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

This place is a family restaurant with great Mexican food. It's run by brothers. They know their customers by their name. I always order their fried tilapia. It's a great value and it's the best. My kids love their enchiladas and my hubby loves their chile rellenos.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank NetNet030
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“You’ll feel like family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

What a great find! The people here are incredibly friendly--the waiters and owners all shake your hand when you come in, and when you leave. They are just really happy people who seem to enjoy their jobs. The place is very casual, and the food is great (I had the Tom’s Burrito with the green sauce and it was quite good!). Try the guacamole and one of their giant burritos--it’s enough for 2 people. They also gave us a complimentary piece of flan at the end of our meal--yum! (Not sure if that is standard practice or because it was January 1st to celebrate the New Year.)

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank C L
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Ottawa, Canada
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135 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

Staying overnight on business.... just wanted something relatively close to our hotel. Found a few reviews for this place -- all very positive. Took a chance... and glad we did!!! This is a very small and simple family run restaurant, upon walking in, Juan, the owner offers you a big greeting as if you were long lost friends, puts forth his hand and shakes yours in a warm welcome!

The decor is simple... a true local/neighbourhood restaurant; nothing touristy about it - the real thing!

Asking for recommendations, we were advised of Tom's Burrito, the Stuffed Zucchini, and a couple of other items. We chose the Tom's and the Zucchini -- and were not disappointed! These were fabulous! Also had the Flan -- superb!

While eating we noticed everyone was warmly welcomed upon entry and genuinely thanked upon departure. Are wonderful place all around.

Bring a meager budget and a huge appetite -- you will leave completely satisfied, looking forward to your next visit.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank Stephen B
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Chesterfield, MO
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6 reviews
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“A Real Gem for Amazing Homestyle Mexican Food near LAX”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2011

Our family stayed one night near LAX, and wanted one final taste of real Mexican food before flying home the next day. There are typical Mexican chains around LAX that are OK, but we stumbled onto this wonderful family owned restaurant in Hawthorne (near LAX) and decided to give it a try. From the time we stepped through the door, we were treated so warmly. The restaurant is located in a working class neighborhood, is small with leatherette booths, and spotlessly clean. The restaurant owner, his son, and the rest of the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Warm tortilla chips and homemade salsa kept coming to our table. One of my teen sons ordered steak fajitas that were to die for. I had a steak burrito covered in ranchero sauce -- awesome. Everyone loved what they ordered, and the portions were very generous. The glasses of wine we were served were very generous too. The restaurant proudly touts the fact that they do not use any lard at all in their cooking. The total cost for an excellent dinner for four with soft drinks and two glasses of wine was $49 - unheard of in most CA restaurants.

We will go out of our way to visit this special Mexican restaurant the next time we are in Los Angeles -- it is one of those rare gems that you hope will flourish for decades to come.

  • Visited June 2011
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