El CHOLO SANTA MONICA
- By PAIGE PETRONE
Established in 1923, El Cholo has just celebrated 100 years of making memories (per their website)! Bravo to them, as this is no easy task in an ever-changing world and in a city like Los Angeles. El Cholo is the go-to restaurant for the best authentic Mexican cuisine. There are seven locations and the original is still thriving on Western Avenue in the heart of the city.
Living here for almost 30 years, I have been to El Cholo’s various locations, but I recently realized it had been some time since I’d gone. So, I headed over to Santa Monica and ordered up some of my favorites. We had to begin with frozen strawberry margaritas, and they are still simply the best in town! We then nibbled on their signature guacamole (same recipe since 1955) and chips while sipping our fab drinks. Yum and fun! Then it was on to El Cholo’s signature Sonora Style Nachos (same recipe since 1983). Just delicious. Then, fish tacos and amazing chicken fajitas. Be sure to order their famous Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas! None of the menu items could possibly disappoint, and everything was consistently tasty and spectacular. Festive, too. Find the location nearest to you and head on over! I highly recommend that you go, again and again, and enjoy.