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Who remembers Arriba's in West L.A.? (It was called Arriba's, right?)

PaulF | Aug 15, 201402:13 PM     14

The La Barbera's thread reminded of Arriba's.

Does anyone else remember a Mexican restaurant in West L.A. named Arriba's? I'm pretty sure it was called Arriba's, anyway. (I'm bad with names.)

Arriba's was literally under the freeway on Pico near (I guess) Sawtelle. The building isn't even there anymore.

The reason I remember Arriba's is that they had a happy hour that students could love. The food at the UCLA dorms was pretty horrible, so we used to go to Arriba's where they had an all-you-can-eat Happy Hour. And for students, that meant ordering a Coke (assuming they carded us, which they did sometimes, but not every time) and then eating a pile of chips and salsa, and mini-chimichangas/burritos and the like.

We used to do the same thing at Baxter's, too, also long gone from Westwood Village. Baxter's was underground (I think it was where the Whole Foods is now) and they also had an AYCE Happy Hour. They never carded us, which was good for drinking, but also more expensive, though we could eat tons of whatever they served, which I don't remember.

All that said, and in order to make the thread current and not just a nostalgia thread -- are there still AYCE buffet-style Happy Hours around town or have they gone the way of Arriba's and Baxter's.

(Side note: After I graduated, my whole family went to Arriba's to celebrate. Luckily, my dad could actually afford to pay for a meal and my grandparents weren't forced to fill up on chips and spicy carrots.)

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