Arturo's Mexican Restaurant, Harbor City, CA

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Arturo's Mexican Restaurant, Harbor City, CA

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Another Mexican restaurant in the Harbor area

Postby modfan » Tue Jun 29, 2004 8:10 am

Dunno if it's still there-Gonzales in San Pedro-don't quite remember where it was in San Pedro (PCH or Anaheim St.?). Dunno much of the style-I just remember the 'photographic' wall covering of sites in Mexico-Aztec masks, pyramids and such-my folks used to go there when they were newlyweds and were surprised that it was still there (by the early 70's). Might be gone now.

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Postby Adriene » Fri Jul 23, 2004 12:51 am

Eric's right! Arturo's is awesome! It's probably the closest to an Eichler style restaurant you'll ever see. Totally fun.

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Strictly For The Structure.

Postby Synthetrix » Mon Aug 02, 2004 10:21 pm

I live close to Arturo's and although I love the building, the generic Mexican food was not that great and I never went back.
Here is a great 60s postcard of the place.
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How 'bout the

Postby modfan » Tue Aug 03, 2004 6:42 am

El Comedor in Fullerton. It was at the 91 and Harbor Bl. seemed to me it looked similar-dunno if it's still there or if it was demolished to widen the 91 or became another restaurant. Used to pass by on the way to Disneyland.

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Re: Strictly For The Structure.

Postby Lynxwiler » Tue Aug 03, 2004 11:19 am

[quote="Synthetrix"]I live close to Arturo's and although I love the building, the generic Mexican food was not that great and I never went back.
Here is a great 60s postcard of the place.
http://63.249.135.19/synthetrix/apc/86.html[/quote]

I thought the food was good, but I understand your point. Like Johnie's Coffee Shop on Wilshire/Fairfax, even though the food was crap, I had to go there occasionally and buy something just to give them a few bucks with the hope they would stay in business. I'll keep going to Arturo's for a bite and margarita just because I want them stay there. God forbid another RiteAid move in. Of course when the end comes for Arturo's, it comes; but at least by frequenting it and other "family run" businesses I feel like I tried.

Here's my short list:
Clifton's Cafeteria
Phillipe's
Cole's
the mom and pop stores at Farmer's Market: Bennet's, Bob's...
Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
Tommy's -- the original stand
Jay's Burgers
Taix
Alegria on Sunset
The House of a Thousand Fabrics
Espresso Mi Cultura
Canter's
Damiano's Pizza

And while in Vegas, I go to The Peppermill.

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there buying horchata from Clifton's and beer from Damiano's in the hopes they'll stay open at least a little longer. If Clifton's ever closes, a small part of me will die with it.

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Postby annie » Wed Sep 08, 2004 3:53 pm

I've been telling everyone I know to go to Arturo's. I don't think the food is bad, but its nothing special either. Any disappointment with the food is totally made up for by how beautiful the building is. It's a treasure. I hope it can continue to operate as-is for many more decades.

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Postby Pink Poodle » Wed Sep 08, 2004 7:40 pm

I live close and when me moved into this area about 3 years ago I noticed it right off the bat. We ate there and I think the tiki's are more like aztec or mayan god statues. Nonetheless the atriums are fab and the architecture is even more fab.

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Postby Synthetrix » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:26 am

Great pics Lynx!
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