Mexican Restaurants in Universal City

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In The Salsa Bar, contented sighs drift from diners cradling corn tortillas full of never-frozen ingredients free of lard and MSG, and a grill sizzles beneath morsels of shrimp, fish, and beef. Multiple televisions deliver updates from sporting events or confuse freshly made tacos into adopting the referee as a parent, and dulcet waves of horchata and tamarindo surge through straws to warmed mouths.

3791 Cahuenga Blvd
Studio City,
CA
US

A pleasing jumble of bright warm colors welcomes patrons as they enter Salsa and Beer, where the kitchen turns out myriad Mexican favorites. Bean dip and salsa—always complimentary—flow freely with chips, and the chefs integrate housemade red and green sauces into tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. A huge sun painted on the ceiling watches down on patrons as they eat on painted tables, slicing into deep-fried chimichangas or chipotle-chicken flautas. Hues of lime green, pink, and orange occupy the walls and window paintings in the dining room, and a patio in the front is separated from the street by sculpted wooden barriers, whether in the shape of cacti or a wide sun.

11669 Sherman Way
North Hollywood,
CA
US

Following a philosophy of health and sustainability, Sharky's stocks eco-conscious stomachs with a menu of organic Mexican fare such as sizzling fajitas, jam-packed burritos, and fresh salads. Chefs cook up cuts of California-grown mesquite grilled-chicken breast ($6.99 for a half plate; $9.99 for a full plate) and grilled organic tofu and vegetables ($6.99 for a half plate; $9.99 for a full plate) before patrons' eyes in the open kitchen's stone ovens, mesquite-fired grill top, or volcano-powered microwaves. Juicy cuts of wild salmon leap onto beds of nori and cabbage in a low-fat wild salmon lite burrito ($7.99), and a stacked chicken enchilada tastefully melds tomatillo sauce, four cheeses and chicken in a delightful, savory package of Latin-infused flavor ($7.99).

1791 N Victory Pl
Burbank,
CA
US

For the chefs at Peacha's, American cuisine isn't just burgers and fries––it's an amalgamation of many nations' cuisines. That's why they focus on two LA's most popular cuisines, including both Latin American favorites and traditional American staples. On the Latin side, they grill cuts of chicken and beef, as well as a medley of vegetables, which they then layer onto tostadas or into tacos or burritos. On the American side, they specialize in burgers and sandwiches. They craft classics such as philly cheesesteaks, and eight-ounce Angus beef burgers named after famous musicians. These come in varieties such as the Bob Marley—filled with fried chicken strips, avocado, and jalapeno ranch—or the Motley Crue with bacon and bleu cheese. Meals come paired with appropriate sides, whether it's black beans or crispy french fries.

809 S Victory Blvd
Burbank,
CA
US

Ask Lourdes Limon why her raspados taste so good. She'll say, "Por que los hice con amor"—"Because they're made with love." Now that her sons have taken over the family business, they use the same secret ingredient, but they've added a few new specialties. Supplementing the shaved ice treats that give them their name are freshly squeezed juices, chili-imbued slush-drinks, and healthy fruit salads. But the raspados remain the main event. Flavors include exotic fruit such as guava, tamarind, kiwi, and jamaica, as well as more decadent flavors such as caramel, egg nog, cookies and cream, and plain water.

8202 San Fernando Rd
Sun Valley,
CA
US