At the end of this week, I went to Gracias Madre, a mexican vegan restaurant, for Dine LA and happy hour. We wanted to go for lunch which ended at 4pm and happy hour(3-6pm), so 3pm was an optimal time.
I’ve been to Gracias Madre once before and loved the food as well as the ambiance. The decor is very bright and inviting, and the food makes your tastebuds explode(literally). This is definitely my favorite vegan restaurant.
The Dine LA menu is $15 for lunch and allows you to pick 2 options out of quite a few, including appetizers and desserts. The 2 of us shared our 4 picks. The flautas de camote and winter empanadas were both warm, hearty dishes. The Coriflor frito was a smoky cauliflower with vegan cheese. Lastly, the fudge brownie dessert was too sweet in the brownie portion, but had more balance when paired with the ice cream on top. My favorite was the winter empanadas, and least favorite was the dessert(I’d probably try the Mexican wedding cookies next time; the brownie was just too sweet!).
From the happy hour menu we ordered nachos and 2 drinks–the Mezcal Mule and Purista Margarita. Nachos were a decent portion size which I enjoyed. Both of the drinks were a miss for me however. They were both very strong and bitter. Maybe because I don’t drink very much, I’m not sure how to assess these drinks but I’ve had much lighter and less strong drinks which suit me more. So if you drink, maybe these drinks will be more appreciated by you.
All in all, I really enjoyed my dining experience at Gracias Madre. We spent about 1 and a half hours at the restaurant, but I really liked how spaced out the food was in terms of when it was served. It gave me a chance to digest and enjoy each plate. Because this restaurant is more on the pricy side, I would only come back during Dine LA or happy hour. The food is amazing though, trust me. I’m waiting for the next time Dine LA comes around 😉