Single in the City is a new addition to my blog stories ‘#Single In The City Fabulous Finds’ for everyone out there who is…..
#Single and on a budget #Coupled and on a budget #Wealthy and likes a good deal (was gonna say cheap, but nah!) #Visitors to Los Angeles who are shocked that a glass of wine is the price of a tank of gas #Y’all
My 3rd ‘Single in the City Fabulous Find’ goes to….dah dah dah dah…..
8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 852-9400
Why? Mexican food; I love Mexican food. I love Mexican food even more when it is at Happy Hour prices! So when a swank-hip-organic-farm to table- Mexican restaurant opened up in my hood, I couldn’t wait to try it. When I walked into Toca Madera, I was initially blown away by the design and décor. From the dark wood, eclectic art, and soft velvet purple cushioned seats, to the outside garden patio – the ambiance felt like an escape from LA.
The eight dollar well-composed Happy Hour menu had plentiful options to choose from. My friend and I decided to share a couple of items and we also elected to order the Guacamole from the regular menu for 12 dollars, as what is Mexican Food without Guac? The Guacamole came with a basket of homemade plantains, which perfectly complemented the tiny pieces of pomegranate sprinkled on top giving the Guacamole a refreshing flavor. I have to say the Grilled Cilantro Chicken Tacos were the best I have ever eaten; the homemade organic corn taco shells were soft and literally melted in my mouth. The Sweet Corn Tamales were tasty and light, the salsas on the side were incredible. I can vouch for the Happy Hour House Red, also for 8 dollars, as it was full bodied, and I am thinking my friend loved the ‘Toca Margarita’, as he drank two.
Chef Raymond Alvarez’s varied creations were filling and delicious. Toca Madera’s shared plate concept made it easy for us to split a couple of items, and I can honestly say we both were full when we left.
When? Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 pm. (The restaurant is closed on Mondays!)
Where? On Third Street about a block and a half east of La Cienega Boulevard. You will need to drive slowly as the large wooden door where this eclectic, sexy, yummy restaurant is hidden, is not easy to spot. Just look for the Valet outside, it is the only one on the South side of the street. Plus there is street parking in the surrounding blocks if you drive past it!
Who? With multiple businesses and let’s not forget the Beverly Center and Cedars Sinai Hospital in walking distance, the Happy Hour Crowd is diverse. By 5:10, the bar was packed with people of all ages, happily drinking their day’s travails away. The atmosphere had a club like vibe to it, so it was easy to mingle and meet people, which makes being single in the city- that much easier! In the corner, there is a Photo Booth which is next to a DJ box, where every night a DJ comes and spins music. I can’t wait to come back here at night with a group of friends!
Wonderland Wunderlist – Toca Madera make my ‘Wonderland Wunderlist’ for many reasons. Firstly organic food just tastes better, and of course the fresh ingredients makes for yummy bites. Secondly, I love the mix of the restaurant-club-hangout – the warm yet funky vibe they have going on in this place. It is unique and makes it easy to relax and have fun. And lastly, I love, LOVE, LOVE that they also have Vegan and Gluten free menu options. Basically, there is something for everyone here which makes it a hell of a lot easier for me to go out with my friends when I am Celiac (I can’t eat Gluten), I have friends who are Vegan, I have others who are picky…..you get the picture, LA girls at our ‘best’….can all find something to make them happy here. Are you listening guys? It’s a great place to take a date, trust me…she will find something she likes to eat here!