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Mexican: The family-run Mexican restaurants known as El Cholo began in 1923, with a small place near the Memorial Coliseum (which opened that same year). Now there are six of them scattered across Southern California, all offering up the classics that have made El Cholo such a resounding success. You'll notice the dates on the menu that mark when a dish was first served: the seasonal (and unexpectedly sweet) Green Corn Tamales have always been on the menu and are not to be missed. Carmen's Original Nachos (from 1959) set the standard for that dish and we adore the Plato de Carnitas (1989), lush roasted pork paired with a tangy avocado relish. El Cholo is famous for their top-shelf margaritas, too, and proudly lay claim to being the first restaurant to use premium ingredients in their drinks.

Homestyle: The family-run Mexican restaurants known as El Cholo began in 1923, with a small place near the Memorial Coliseum (which opened that same year). Now there are six of them scattered across Southern California, all offering up the classics that have made El Cholo such a resounding success. You'll notice the dates on the menu that mark when a dish was first served: the seasonal (and unexpectedly sweet) Green Corn Tamales have always been on the menu and not to be missed. Carmen's Original Nachos (from 1959) set the standard for that dish and we adore the Plato de Carnitas (1989), lush roasted pork paired with a tangy avocado relish. El Cholo is famous for their top-shelf margaritas, too, and proudly lay claim to being the first restaurant to use premium ingredients in their drinks.

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Local Expert Jenny Peters Says:

Mexican, Homestyle: "Always order the lusciously sweet Green Corn Tamales if you are at El Cholo when they are in season, from May through October. There's nothing like them."

Best for Mexican Because: One of L.A.'s venerable Mexican restaurants, El Cholo has always been one of the best in town, too.

Best for Homestyle Because: El Cholo has been one of L.A.'s finest Mexican restaurants for more than 90 years, ever since the first one opened in 1923.

Main Menu

Antojitos
Enchiladas
Green Corn Tamales
Comidas Especiales
Sizzling Fajitas

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