Border Grill

445 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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  • Sun 4pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 4pm-10pm
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Catering, Delivery, Takeout
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
Is it possible that owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, who worked the marriage of Mexican cuisine and New American grill cooking a full decade before the guys who are thought of as pioneers, just opened a new Border Grill? They did - a thorough revamping of their old Ciudad space downtown, new Huntley-Muir murals on the Easter-marshmallow walls, and the old pan-Latin menu swapped out for the grilled-tongue tacos, green-corn tamales and sizzling panuchos familiar from the Santa Monica restaurant. There is no shortage of high-end Mexican restaurants downtown now, from the evolved alta cocina of Rivera to Casa's louche take on the cuisine, but Border Grill's roasted-plantain empanadas, potato rajas tacos, long-braised carnitas and pan-seared halibut crusted with pumpkin seeds are still worth a visit. Goat-milk flan for dessert.

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