The oldest and best of the old-school Tex-Mex places near Beverly Hills.
This is a classic, old-school Tex-Mex place that’s been in operation in L.A. since 1931. If it’s Tex-Mex you want, this (or El Cholo) is the place that should be serving it to you.
El Coyote served me one of the first meals I ever had in L.A. and it’s carried a special place in my heart ever since.
They’ve even discovered the YouTube:
That aside, El Coyote as a very tragic place in Hollywood History, as the last place where Sharon Tate (one of the victims in the Manson Family Murders) was seen alive. She had a meal with friends here before returning home, and…well…
I wish I could say, that was the end of El Coyote’s non-food troubles, but recently in 2008, the owner (seen in the first video above) managed to piss some people in L.A. that you really don’t want to be pissing off.
I have no idea if El Coyote is still being targeted for boycott. If it is, I’ll respect that.
In any case, it is still one of the best Tex Mex places I’ve ever been to.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: The first meal I ever had in L.A. was the Number 7 Coyote Combo, which was just north of six bucks when I first had it in 1992, now it runs $9.95, which, as far as markup goes, it’s not bad at all.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: It wouldn’t hurt to find out if the boycott is still going on. If it isn’t, it wouldn’t hurt to get yourself a lunch there.
PARKING: It’s got its own Valet-powered lot, but it’s not that big, and given the popularity of the place (boycott or no), fills up pretty quick. You might have to settle for Street Parking along Beverly. Now, I’ll guarantee you, you will find a place. What I can’t guarantee is how far away from El Coyote it will be.