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True to Itself: El Compadre Review by Jesse Bluma

True to Itself:  El Compadre Review

We are always looking for good food for lunch, dinner, or on late nights.  El Compadre is classic and a fun go-to for good eats with three multiple locations throughout Los Angles.  The Sunset Boulevard location is a gem of a spot; a short drive or ride from famed retail stores, theaters, hotels, bars, and clubs.  

Inside El Compadre the kitsch is real.  The hacienda architecture, the mariachi band, wrought iron, and the big plates are bold and retro.  From flaming margaritas, to lively music, chips, salsa, and great laughs with friends, this is a place for a good time.  

El Compadre, “the godfather”, has a familial legacy dating back to 1975.   Founders David Castro and Mario Jimenez have built a restaurant locals can recommend.  Not an easy task.  The fresh preparation of chips, salsa, and dishes has been key to the founders' success and the continued success of the restaurant under their children.  

“Since 1975, El Compadre Restaurant in Hollywood has been one of Southern California's hot spots for Mexican cuisine and drinks.  The restaurant fashions the look and feel of an ‘old world hacienda’.  Lined with clay roof tires, wrought iron lanterns and stained glass chandeliers; its walls grace of Mexican heritage with paintings, artifacts, antiques and vase floral trimmings.  We specialize in showcasing ‘The fine foods of Mexico’. 

We serve family recipes handed down over generations using select cuts of meats, and choice seafood alongside season fresh vegetables.  We have a dedicated full bar area where we serve mixed cocktails, imported and domestic beers and our legendary and famous ‘Flaming Margarita’.  Coupled with live nightly music from a trio singing Mexican classics and with a dimly lit, sultry lighting; our romantic ambiance is unmatched.”

This drink is on fire!


1.  El Compadre in Hollywood is located at 7408 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90046.  Other locations are located in Echo Park, Southeast Los Angeles, and Sun Valley.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a large table near the live band.  Table booking recommended.  

3.  Consider the following menu items.

House-made chips and salsa.

Two Chile Rellenos:  Pasilla Peppers (one of the most complexly flavored mild to medium heat chiles—undertones both smoky and savory) stuffed with melted Monterey Jack cheese topped with salsa ranchera and sour cream on the side.  Served with Mexican rice and refried beans (substitute for black beans).  

Veggie Enchiladas:  Two enchiladas stuffed with grilled sautéed onions, bell peppers, topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese, tomatillo or ranchero salsa and sour cream on the side.  Served with Mexican rice and refried beans (substitute for black beans).   

Tacos:  Carne Asada, Carnitas, Beef, or Chicken.  Soft taco topped with lettuce, cheese, guacamole, and mild salsa.

Handmade tortillas:  Ask your waiter.  

Flaming Margarita.  Each is made with traditional Cuervo Gold Tequila Limon.

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