Serving Angelenos Real Mexican Food Since 1964
The restaurant has also always been owned and operated by “real” Mexican Families. The rather infamous Lupe opened and ran The Talpa for many years. It was his family that created the extensive authentic menu of home made recipes and introduced the beautiful hand painted wall murals, both of which remain essentially unchanged to this day. The foursome of Nelly, Bella, Guille and the unforgettable Andy took over after Lupe, and now the Rios and Meza families proudly carry out the Talpa tradition.
Both owners and staff have always made serving delicious food everyday a top priority. It is mainly for this reason that many of The Talpa’s customers have been coming back regularly for decades. But there is another reason, and that is the friendly and personable service. Come in any day and any time and you are likely to find one of the family members working the bar, welcoming customers or serving your favorite food. We are also lucky enough to still have on board three legendary servers, Celina, Pola and Lily, who have been serving our happy customers for more than 35 years.
The Talpa was named after Talpa de Allende – a small silver-mining village in Jalisco, Mexico – founded by the Spanish in 1599. There are 4 pilgrimages a year to see the Virgin “Rosario of Talpa”, a small statue that is said to have healing powers.