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Border Grill

Map & Directions 1445 Fourth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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310-451-1655
  • Latin American, Mexican
  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Catering, Private Party, Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Garage Parking, Street Parking

Description

LA Weekly's Description

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are perhaps the unlikeliest great Mexican chefs in what is the second-biggest city in all Aztlan, neither Mexican by heritage nor serving a primarily Mexican clientele - I suspect that most of their customers revere the place mostly for the potent artisanal-tequila margaritas, the deafening buzz and the baskets of warm chips. But while the chefs may not claim to redefine Mexican food, they do prepare it exceedingly well, using impeccable technique and first-rate ingredients to transform the taco, the tostada and the homely chile relleno into creatures almost unrecognizable if you're used to their Cal-Mex equivalents, as well as constructing scholarly takes on elaborate traditional foods like jet-black huitlacoche sauces or sweet chiles en nogada. The long, black dining room, an artifact of the late 1980s whose crazily skewed ceiling is still painted with rocket ships and batmen, looks even better now than it did when the place first opened. Border Grill is the rare mainstream Mexican restaurant whose tacos don't make you yearn for a truck parked by an auto-parts junkyard somewhere in East L.A.

 
Member Reviews

  • paulsflowerstore wrote a review for Border Grill
    on 04/16/14
    5

    Great place,nice environment, reasonable prices :) Thank you Anthony at Ayala's upholstery you were right!!

  • ocfooddiva wrote a review for Border Grill
    on 01/22/12
    5

    Yucatan Pork is achiote pork slow roasted in banana leaves, caramelized onion, orange, cinnamon served with sautéed plantains, rice, black beans, guacamole, and handmade corn tortillas. OMG, this is absolutely fabulous! Banana leaves are a great way to roast meats (ask anyone from Hawaii). The leaves subtly flavor the meat as it cooks. The onion, orange, and cinnamon were a... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • charkattack on 08/27/10

    $10 quick lunch at the bar includes app, main and drink. Chips and salsa too, obvi.

  • Los Angeles Times on 05/31/13

    Border Grill is the rare mainstream restaurant whose tacos don't make you yearn for a truck parked by an auto-parts junkyard somewhere in East L.A.

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • LA Weekly on 10/04/11

    Border Grill is the rare mainstream Mexican restaurant whose tacos don't make you yearn for a truck parked by an auto-parts junkyard somewhere in East L.A.

  • LA Weekly on 03/21/11

    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')

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