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Matthew R.
Matthew R.

08/31/2015

Provided by YP.com

My favorite food stand in the Farmer's Market. Hard to resist their tacos. Favorites are the cochinita pibil, tinga de pollo and calabecitas. A plate of tortilla chips and their fresh gaucamole is always a must for me.

DianaTakesaBite
DianaTakesaBite

02/15/2010

Provided by Citysearch
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.

ARAGON
ARAGON

12/29/2009

Provided by Citysearch
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

iLOVEfood
iLOVEfood

04/11/2009

Provided by Citysearch
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!

realtaco
realtaco

02/12/2009

Provided by Citysearch
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.

Jay Sonman

claudss
claudss

01/19/2009

Provided by Citysearch
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.
It's extraordinary!
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.

crankypanda
crankypanda

07/27/2008

Provided by Citysearch
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.

tbalder73
tbalder73

07/03/2008

Provided by Citysearch
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.

aws3
aws3

05/03/2008

Provided by Citysearch
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.

kumarik
kumarik

02/11/2008

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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.

sushi_king
sushi_king

01/25/2008

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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.

jcrogel
jcrogel

12/22/2007

Provided by Citysearch
The only authentic Mexican place in Southern California.

I am from Mexico City, born and raised and I was very frustrated that I couldn't find any good Mexican places in Southern California. I tried literally everything from the Spanish Kitchen, through the taco trucks passing by East LA and the Valley, and all of them disappointed me terribly.

When I first went to La Loteria I thought that it would be another ""Americanized version"" of Mexican food but I was deeply pleased when I tried their dishes because it had the real deal. I've tried almost everything on their menu and I have never been slightly disappointed.

Yes, it is a little bit expensive, but in LA what is not expensive? besides, if money is the price I have to pay to get good Mexican food, I think it is worth it.

The best Mexican food in Southern California and by extension, the entire United States.

tmares
tmares

10/26/2007

Provided by Citysearch
I'd hardly call it Mexican.

I'm in agreement with the last review. Although I am not as saavy as to the origins of dishes and such, I can safely say that on its best day, La Lotteria doesn't come close to even the smallest hole in the wall in the ""real L.A."" The farmers market is always highly overated and overpriced however, so I didn't have many expectations to begin with, just an apetite and not enough time to go elsewhere. Despite the fact that I was starving. Do the owners even realize that some of the ingredients they use are not even commonplace in Mexican food? Truly, I was disappointed and will NOT be eating there again. Just travel about 10 miles east of this place and 10 out of 10 of the restaurants you find will exceed the standards of this place for half the price.

poblano66
poblano66

07/31/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Don't believe the hype

after reading all the reviews, i just had try this place out......wow! i guess 99% of you don't know what
authentic mexican food is. once i saw nachos on the menu, i should have left! overpriced, bad service,
the guy who made the salsa must be from ""new york city"". I tried the mole what a joke....send the chef to
""la fonda de santa clara"" in puebla ,mex. maybe someone can teach him how to make real mole. if
chefs really want to capture what is real authentic mexican food they need spend more time in places like
puebla (chiles en nogada, moles de pipian verde y rojo and the incredible mole poblano) as for tasty tacos
hell any gut mobile can pop out better tasting tacos than these. folks catch a cheap flight from tijuana thru
volaris to puebla 160 round trip. puebla, guanajuato,oaxaca and the state of mexico have incredible dishes compared to these imposters. don't be fooled by the hype!!!!!

ck2003
ck2003

04/14/2007

Provided by Citysearch
Great, Fresh Mexican Food

The Farmer's Market offers so many delicious options, but 9 times out of 10, Loteria is always the top spot. The papas con rajas burrito provides an interesting mix of flavors and is very filling. As mentioned in other reviews, the watermelon aqua fresca is delicious and perfect for warm days. Even though Loteria does not offer margaritas, you can grab a beer from the 360 Bar directly behind it. The major downside to Loteria Grill is that it is highly addictive!

svtheogone
svtheogone

11/13/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Best taquitos

These are the juiciest most savory taquitos I have ever had, a little on the pricey side for mexican food though. The mole sauce is a little sweeter than Conquistidor but made very well. The nachos are delicious, the enchiladas and tamales are mouth watering. The chile verde sauce is excellent. The watermelon juice is fresh. I just wish that the prices were a little more fair.

miss_kim
miss_kim

11/05/2006

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sooooo yummy!

I love their pollo en mole poblano sopes. It's absolutely delicious!!! And I can get full off of just one. I also think their plantains are the best I've ever had. Kinda soft, but with a perfectly caramalized edge. There's always a line to this place, but if you sit on the barstools, they'll take you're order without you having to wait in line. No sodas, but agua frescas. Yum! Horchata! Most likely the best place to eat at the Farmer's Market.

martinikitty13
martinikitty13

11/02/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Consistently Great Tacos and Fabulous Watermelon Juice

Despite our close proximity to Mexico, I find it very difficult to find good Mexican food in Los Angeles. Perhaps it's the fear of the use of lard in this town. Fortunately there are still places like Loteria Grill willing to defy ""healthy"" trends in order to provide yummy, greasy food. To be fair, I've only had their tacos and quesadillas but I found both to be flavorful, spicy and filling - not to mention cheap. The watermelon juice - so sweet and refreshing - was also a pleasant surprise. Too bad they aren't a formal restaurant with margaritas and stuff...that would push the rating higher.

alowenstein
alowenstein

09/22/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Sope con papas rajas

Despite all of the other options at the Farmer's Market, I have to stop here for a sope every time I visit.

shack13
shack13

09/14/2006

Provided by Citysearch
Best Mexican Food In Los Angeles, and by extension, The World

I feel like I need to be over the top and say this is the best Mexican food in the world to correct for the people that need to have their doctors raise their psych meds who said this place was awful. Bad taste in your mouth for hours? Pleasus. To say that is, without condition, insanity. Come to Reseda to have the best Mexican food? Come on. The Valley is good for one thing only: Dirty Movies.

This place is so awesome that if you don't like it you have a character flaw and you are probably a radical extremist trying to deny Americans pleasure.

Just go and eat there because you will like it or love it. And if you don't go, the terrorists win.

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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
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Phone: 323-937-2093

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover
Price Range
$$
Location
Farmers Market
Neighborhoods
Central LA, Mid-City West
AKA

Loteria Grill At Farmers Market

Loteria Grill (Farmers Market)

Loter???? A! Grill

Lotería! Grill

Categories
Mexican Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

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