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El Carmen

8138 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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  • Sun., 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; Mon.-Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • $$
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
El Carmen's selection is that of most Mexican eateries: nachos, combination plates, quesadillas and flan. What they are really known for at this red-lit, tunnel-like restaurant is the bar, where a wide range of tequilas star on a vast and popular drinks menu.

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  • The Ghost of El Carmen
    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:06 a.m. by James Bartlett

    Eighty-five years ago, Encarnación Elias Gomez took a huge risk — opening the doors on her new taqueria, El Carmen, at La Brea and Third. Back in 1929, this was about as far as the trolley cars went, and for the widow Gome...

  • Is There a Tequila Heaven? One Man Says It's El Carmen
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:04 p.m. by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

    As the beverage director at Warwick in Hollywood, Damian Windsor has a full schedule, but it doesn't end when he gets home. Still, we all need a break, right? It's just a matter of finding a place that feels right. "Having a two-yea...

  • Happy Hour: El Carmen
    Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2 p.m. by Andrew Simmons

    The Place: El Carmen, 8138 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, (323) 852-1552. The Hours: 5-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The Deals: $3 cans of Tecate, $4 margaritas, $2 guacamole, $5 combination platters (two tacos with rice and beans), and free chips ...

  • Nacho Fight: South Vs. El Carmen
    Friday, August 20, 2010 at 10:36 a.m. by Noah Galuten

    As the story goes, nachos were invented in a restaurant in Mexico in 1943, but only as a means of serving a group of (U.S.) Americans who crossed the border for a shopping excursion, and came to the restaurant just after it had clos...


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