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Villa Sombrero--Eagle Rock

Slow Foodie | Mar 24, 200303:18 PM

It was Friday night and we felt like a margarita to wind down and start the weekend. We'd heard that Villa Sombrero made 'em right so we decided to try it. The place, although not as dark, reminded me of Casa Vega in the valley. It was hopping even at 6:00 p.m. The margarita was enormous and very tasty. The chips and salsa were fresh and flavorful. The prices are higher than most neighborhood joints and there are no children's plates on the menu. I ordered a combo appetizer plate--quesadilla, taquitos and nachos for the pups to share. The waiter was fully aware that this was intended for the wee ones and it would have been nice if he'd prevented the plate being thickly festooned with jalapenos. The guacamole was great but the taquitos were bathed in what tasted like bad canned enchilada sauce. Icky. I ordered carne asada. Big mistake. Nice, if ordinary, rice and beans but the asada had a funky taste and a texture like shoe leather. Chow hub had the special of garlic grilled red snapper. It was a nice presentation of the whole fish staring there at you from the plate but the fish was a bit dry...and uh...fishy...

Anyway, it's a fun and amiable joint but I'd go back just for drinks and guacamole next time. Unless someone can suggest a menu item which might be more memorable.

Villa Sombrero 6101 York Blvd. 323-256-9784

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