Long-running, casual regional chain serving signature tacos & other classic Mexican fare.
El comal is a quaint little spot in a strip lot on Santa Monica Blvd. Upon entering, there are a few tables, a few chairs, and one smiling face. If you are ordering for here that face warmly asks you to take a seat and brings out menus. Otherwise, you order at the counter. The same person at the register is the person serving tables and in need of a raise. Service is friendly and they are accommodating to reasonable requests –for example, they have made off menu items like burrito with pollo en mole for a small extra charge for me before. The food is good, portions are average, and prices are reasonable. I’d really like to try their weekend only menu items (menudo, birria, pozole). My boy friend and I really enjoyed the salsa. It is cash only and they do not have an ATM. Needless to say bring cash and an appetite, but don’t bring a mob because there is limited seating.
Exceeded all expectations. Very good menudo, only served on Sat & Sun Best hangover remedy. 😀
Came here because of the reviews and it didn’t disappoint. The Coctel de camaron was packed with camaron and it was delicious. Also tried the shrimp soup and it was great! Definitely will comeback.
The foods deserve a rewards, not only their place is A+ clean, but Also the foods are amazing, everything is FRESH and taste super delicious. Omg thank u soooo much
I’m straight paisa Mexican, this place is Chile nice and thick with an amazing flavor
I’ve lived down the block from this place for years and just tried it for the first time last night. Turns out, I wasn’t missing out on anything. Based on the reviews, I was excited, but my experience was extremely disappointing. We picked up 2 burrito especials with carne asada right before they closed around 8pm. It cost about $22 and was cash only. If food is gonna cost that much, I think there should be an option to pay with card. The burritos were a decent size, topped with cheese, and swimming in a citrusy salsa verde. I didn’t see any spicy salsa option and I wasn’t a fan of this salsa which had no spice to it at all. They also gave us 1 bag of chips and 2 more salsa verdes on the side. The melted cheese on top was probably my favorite part of the burrito. The worst part, and the reason my rating is so low, is the carne asada was burnt! The burrito was filled with rice, beans, and crispy burnt pieces of asada. There was a sliver of sour cream and avocado, so I guess that and the salsa (which they give our for free anyway) and melted cheese on top was the “special” part. It was certainly a filling meal but I am extremely disappointed in the quality of the food I received for the price I paid. I would have been better off going to El Zarape on Fountain and getting a superior super burrito for a couple bucks less with the option to pay with card. Would not recommend this place.
The food is delicious. I recommend the “lengua en salsa verde”. So good! The food tastes like it’s homemade. Bring cash since it’s cash only.
BEST authentic Mexican you’ll find. I live in Santa Monica I make the drive to come here ! Super sweet owner and employees. They ALWAYS make sure that you are happy. Reminds me of home I LOVE tipping them extra cash because they so deserve it.
Five stars for the Caldo de res (beef stew) and the handmade tortillas. THE AMBIANCE: Hole-in-the-wall kind of spot, and that’s all you need!! It is authentic, homemade “casera” style Mexican food. The best kind! Parking is in the small parking plaza. I’ve been lucky to find it. If the lot is full, you can park on the street in the back of the building. THE FOOD: The Caldo de res is legit and my go-to. It has always been hot, fresh, and full of flavor. The meat is always tender and falls off the bone. We have dined in once and ordered for pick up all of the other times. We get chips and salsa for free with our order. THE TIPS: Menudo and pozole are only served on the weekends!