First, yes I have looked in the past posts and I'm looking for further clarification.
Friend is visiting from NYC. I'm looking for great mexican food because I know they don't have that in NY ;)
I'm looking for some place with a great atmosphere, not too noisy so we can talk, and with great food, including vegetarian.
I moved to SO just this year so have only been to El Torito Grill and Casa Vega. Casa Vega is just too noisy and I wasn't that impressed with the food. El Torito Grill is the fall back place.
I've read mixed reviews about Senor Fred. Will it knock our socks off? I know Tony's is supposed to be great, but sounds too hole-in-the-wall-y.
What do you think? Senor Fred? Any place in Encino or further out that's worth it?