2414 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000734.033910 -118.291415
Sun - Thu 10:30am - 10pm
Fri - Sat 10:30am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: South LA, Jefferson
Disappointed – This is was my first time going here, but had heard a lot about it... it was a Saturday night, 7 PM, about a 35 min. wait. That seemed about right, but when we were seated, our waiter took a long time. We understood it was packed. Our appetizer came out fast and I ordered the Enchiladas Suizas and my husband ordered the carne asada plate. The plates were mediocre at best. We are Mex-American, so yes, we have had great Mexican food, but we expected a lot better from all of the reviews. Honestly, if you're Mexican, you will know just what I mean. I wouldn't recommend going here for Mexican. The rice was not very good and the beans didn't have much flavor and the enchiladas didn't really have any of the green sauce on them.
The wait was sooooo long to get our check. We even told the guy picking up plates that if we didn't get our check, we were going to have to leave, so finally he had to bring it over and that isn't even his job.
The only okay thing was the strawberry margarita. It was okay, not all that. I've had better.
We also had the "Pachanga" appetizer and it was more chips than anything. It wasn't very good to be honest.
You may think I'm being biased, but honestly, it's just not very good and not authentic and simply too packed to go back there again. After the food and service, we definitely will not be going back.
I hope this helps.
South of the Border chintz meets "Animal House" at this downtown legend. – In Short
Walk into this West Adams bar and you'll feel like you've stumbled upon a tucked-away gem unmarred by the outside world. Ornate mahogany furniture, dimmed candelabras and kitschy artwork transport you to another world--one that doesn't take itself too seriously. At first glance, the 1950s style jukebox appears completely out of place but actually, it reflects the wide and colorful spectrum of patrons. Enjoy Britney or Selena as you nosh on tacos, massive burritos, and chips and salsa.
Great happy hour – La Barca is known around the USC campus for its amazing happy hour. Every tuesday evening dozens of students cram into the small waiting area waiting for a table. Despite the long lines it is totally worth it. Margaritas, pina coladas and coronas are all $2.50 and the food is good and cheap. My roommates and try to come here every Tues. It is a great little spot!
Best $5 Burrito – The $5 burrito is the size of my head and oh so good but I'm also a fan of the camarones a la diabla (shirmp of the devil) but it's super spicy so beware. They serve free chips and salsa and the food is always satisfying. Highly recommended.
Amor a La Mexicana – O.K. let me start off by saying that this place is like being in mexico. AUTHENTIC mexican food. But the highlight of the place is the Mexican Flan. You can't say you've had La Barca if you haven't had their Flan. One serving of Flan was not enough for me. The wait to be seated could be long.
Hearty – While a student at USC, I often went to La Barca to feel at home away from home. The food is authentic Mexican fills you up. Sometimes you can't even walk right after eating such a hearty meal. It's so good you want to finish the plate! Oh, and they recently installed those mistifiers outside so you can cool off from the summer heat. I love La Barca!
The Ship of all Ships – La Barca provides great service no matter how crowded the place is, the wait is always worthwhile. This restaurant is for all, family, going alone or just hanging out.
The Best – This is hands down the best authentic Mexican food in LA.
Great Prices, Good Mexican food – The food here is definitely not average, but not the best either, but just plain good. What makes this place worth wild are the prices and the service. Prices are cheap, with a hearty lunch running you $7. Try the Burrito Gigante, or the enchiladas, pretty yummy. The waitstaff is about the friendliest you'll find around these parts, always prompt and always friendly. The location is a bit shady, and the parking sucks. There is a small lot behind the building, but your best bet is to park out front.
Good Local Place – Situated near USC you can usually find a mixed collection of neighborhood locals and young college kids here. Good basic Mexican fare and great margaritas.
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