Archive for February 8th, 2012
Rick Bayless, the famous Chicago name behind this swanky, often-packed Mexican restaurant, created the menu. Its rooms are divided by garage-style doors, and it has a retractable skylight, tequila lounge and long bar, a wall of antique bells, a vast communal table and wall art resembling box springs. Favorites include the goat cheese tamales and pork belly sopes. Recently introduced is the $100 margarita made with three very exclusive tequilas (Gran Patrón Burdeos añejo tequila, Partida Elegante and Herradura Selección Suprema), Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire and a half ounce of Louis XIII Cognac floated on top. Then there is the molecular caviar made from fresh blood orange juice mixed with Prunier Liqueur d’Orange. The ice cubes are frozen lime sorbet created for the margarita by pastry chef Joanne Ponvanit and made fresh daily. That’s in addition to lime juice squeezed in at the last minute — nothing is premixed — and organic agave syrup. All this served in a 16oz. glass. Talk about special. Perfect when you have been searching for special things to do in Hollywood. Salud!
8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles