incredible potato taquitos, incredible dishes, overpriced mexican food, chaotic service, not great taste, good traditional mexican, most delicious meat
Meat eaters should try the slow-roasted conchinta pibil or the soulful mole. The mushroom tacos are a vegetarian delight. Nachos are a crowd pleaser.
Farmers Market staple specializes in authentic Tinga, mole poblano, albondiga and more tacos, burritos and sopes.
The Best Stand in the Farmer's Market. Don't bother checking out the dolled up version of Loteria Grill in Hollywood. The real deal is at the original location in the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax where the people watching is just as good as the potato tacos. Order the taco sampler which allows patrons to taste bite-sized versions of 12 different tacos on the menu (the cochinita pibil is a favorite), or opt for something more traditional, like a chicken mole burrito stuffed with fluffy rice and tender black beans. Either way, a trip to Loteria is not complete without a side order of plantains and an agua fresco. Just be sure to bring your wallet and patience - the quality Mexican fare does not come cheap, and there is always a line to order.
Appetitively DIsappointed. When i first saw Loteria Grill it seemed like a good place to eat. Being the big eater i was i knew i had found the place to kill my hunger for the day or so i thought. Before anything else i am a healthy fit person who works out daily. My order was placed (Burrito de cochinita pibil, taco de carnitas, side order of rice and beans, and two fruit drinks), my tab comes to $21.05 for a single person. When it comes to good food price is not an issue for me. Once i receive my order i see the size of the taco kiddie size, burrito is barely an appetizer for me, the side order of rice and beans terrible (dry and tasteless respectably), and the drinks one of them 3/4 full only. As a native Mexican i was terribly disappointed, the food is not worth the time or wait. Until they chance the quality of food this is not a place to eat. I give it zero beans out five beans..... Del Taco fast food restaurant has better food and prices than Loteria Grill. By Aragon on 12/29/2009
Always a line for a reason!. Firstly, I'd like to say to those who wrote bad reviews you are insane. Secondly, STOP COMPLAINING THAT IT IS EXPENSIVE! YOU ARE IN LA and at the GROVE nonetheless. Anyway, Loteria is bombbbbb! Best chicken nachos ever. Great tortilla soup. The tacos are amazing too. I've gone 10+ times and never tasted anything I didn't like. It has better Mexican food than some of the places I've eaten at in Mexico, and that's not a lie!
Mexican food, but really real Mexican food..
After reading the different reviews, and having been a steady customer since Loteria's opening, all I can say is, try this place once, and I bet you'll soon be back for more.
If in a less casual mood, try Hollywood blvd Loteria. Same great food, but with alcoholic beverages and waiters to do the walking. I just love what these guys are doing, congrats.
best mexican food in LA BY FAR!.
if you know mexican cuisine you know this is authentique.
Im from Mexico City and everytime I travel to LA I have to stop at Loteria Grill. It's the only meal EVER I've ever had outside of my country that trully tastes like home cooked or grandma style.
Each and every ingredient used in the making of these exquisite dishes is as mexican as it can get. Don't believe me, go ask the cooks and the nice chef Jimmy Shaw- mexican born and raised!
Go enjoy some real mexican food here, you'll never regret it.
amazing huevos rancheros. Great breakfast food. Tasty tacos. Everything is a little expensive ($10 for huevos rancheros is a little steep), but still worth it. The flavors are amazing. I just don't like waiting in (sometimes) long line and fighting the Farmers' Market crowd.
honestly the best. I am a native of Mexico City, so I am always on the lookout for truly Mexico-City style tacos, which are smaller, usually come with onion and cilantro, and include non-processed, authentic tortillas (whiter corn). These tacos are one of the few I've found in LA that are truly Mexico City style, with less grease and all flavor. The mole and the chicharron tacos taste homemade, like the way my grandmother cooks. It's a no frills place, but good food is all you need in a real taco stand. The prices are ridiculous, esp. compared to what you pay for tacos like these in Mexico. Recommend getting the platters that come with tortillas. You'll get more food and can make your own tacos. The breakfasts are also great. Oh and keep in mind, burritos aren't truly Mexican. They are an American invention (I never even knew what a burrito was growing up until I came to the states). So while they sell them to please American palates, they are not the most authentic thing on this menu. This is a TACO stand. Come for the tacos. Get a burrito somewhere else.
Not the best by a long shot. Some tv special (I think it was Elmer Dills) claimed this place was one of three in Los Angeles to have the best tacos in town. Not! $3 for a taco that you literally will finish in two bites. The taste was not great,but okay. For the price, uh,uh. tHE average person will need at least six of these bite size taco's just to qualify as a meal. that's $18 for one person's taco's. Not a great value and not the best tacos. Much better for the price are Pepe's in Downey,Ca, Burritos El Chavo in Studio City,King Taco in Pasadena,and Burrito King in SilverLake. These are just a few quick stops for much better food. Poquito Mas and Las Fuentes in Reseda are also very good. Like one review mentioned, Farmers Market food stops are way overated. Somebody must be gettin paid.
The absolute BEST authentic Mexican food ever!.
The Loteria Grill has the best Mexican food, hands-down. Here you will find traditional recipes without loads of cheddar cheese and refried beans. (The term "Mexican food" can be misleading -- real Mexican food isn't as greasy.) It's a great place to take family and friends.
I haven't tasted one dish that I don't like, and that's saying a lot! Some of my favorites include the calabacitas, papa con rajas and tinga de pollo in a taco or tostada. My boyfriend enjoys the enchiladas and chilaquiles verdes.Their salsa is to die for! If you aren't sure what to get, I recommend starting with the probaditas sampler. You get to try all 12 tacos on mini-hand made tortillas. Loteria serves white or green rice as opposed to the traditional Mexican rice found at many restaurants. They also serve black beans only. They have great horchata. So fresh tasting. Try it and you won't be disappointed!
Some advice: Don't go on a completely empty stomach. It's best to budget your energy and be prepared to fight for a spot at the food bar and/or a place to sit down and eat your food. The food is so good that you might find yourself in a long line.
The BEST Mexican food in Los Angeles, maybe in the entire USA!!!.
Loteria Grill is awesome. I've lived in the southland my entire life and I've never come across Mexican food so tasty, so tantalizing to the tastebuds than this little spot at the 3rd Street Farmers' Market. Do not scoff or disagree until you've tried it. I've taken many a friend here, and all have been blown away by the fantastic food.
Recommendations: Get an Albondigas en Chipotle burrito. My favorite. Or try the tacos. They have 12 different types (which you can order all together with the taster plate), but I especially love the shredded beef.
In all seriousness, unless you're allergic to good stuff, you can't go wrong with Loteria Grill.
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