Seriously Good Cheap Eats.

…like seriously.

If you are looking for quality Mexican food on the cheap, you must go to El Carmen in West Hollywood. El Carmen has long been a favorite of ours and everything on the menu is $10 and under. Including drinks! In fact, the only item that actually makes it up to a $10 price point are their margaritas.

AND they have a happy hour (Monday – Friday, 5-7pm), which makes this place even more affordable if that is even possible. Food and drink specials that bring you down to the under $5 range – can’t beat that.
Their happy hour includes $4 margaritas, $3 Tecate, and plates from $2 – $5 Each.
El Carmen specializes in different types of tequila that you can taste in one of their tequila flights (which start at 4 tastes, these flights will however put you above the $10 range).  They also have some not-so-standard margarita flavors like ginger cilantro and a spicy margarita made with jalapenos (kinda scared of that one).

The decor here is not to miss either- think Nacho Libre – but in a cool way, not in a Jack Black kind of way (nothing against the guy, I happen to love School of Rock) – with Mexican wrestling paraphernalia adorning the walls.

All in all, it is a great place to head to that won’t break the bank but will get you blackout.  Just a warning, the place is tiny so don’t show up in a large group and try and get their early – especially if you are looking to catch the happy hour.

El Carmen. 8138 West 3rd Street.(323) 852.1552

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