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.
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