“Born out of a mission for better eating”
One of my favorite finds is Tocaya Organica for tasty Mexican inspired food. For those that love Mexican food but want to eat healthy and clean you’ve come to the right place. Many of the dishes are marked with allergen information such as vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free. You order at the counter (specify any allergens) and the food will be delivered to your table.
At the heart of every meal is organic local produce. All of their chicken, meat and fish is free from any antibiotics, hormones and steroids.
The food shines artistically in their plated presentation with white dishes and bowls. The taste of the delicious food is both effortlessly flavorful and bold. The menu is extensive from tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, desserts and numerous drink choices. Try the guiltless gluten free burrito that is both vegan and gluten free. This burrito includes Spanish cauliflower rice, black beans, tri-color peppers, jalapeno cabbage & vegan chipotle crema in a gluten free coconut & cassava flour tortilla.
My Favorites: Fajita Del Rey Bowl with achiote chicken, no cheese and substituted brown rice. You could also get a combo with your choice of two tacos, a side like shaved brussels sprouts or quinoa salad and a drink (strawberry basil is refreshing).
Look out for Taco Tuesday specials such as 2 for 1 tacos. I love that they serve Craig’s 100% Vegan Ice Cream in the mini size as a dessert option!
The decor concept also matches their food branding that is modern, clean and organic. Succulent plants displayed in artful glass and brass containers are displayed at each table. The word LOVE is incorporated at each location and is a recurring theme.
Except for the original location in Venice which is more of a no frills beachy shack vibe most of the locations speak modern, clean and millennial.
The popularity of the restaurant that is usually packed speaks volumes for the delicious food and the inviting atmosphere. Most Tocaya Organica locations have a parking lot or available street parking. Parking may be difficult at the Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Watch for street restriction signs there.
Go visit the Tocaya Organica nearest to you. This is a great place to meet up with friends, go on a casual date, or eat by yourself. I usually find a Tocaya that is near to my audition locations in various parts of LA and Burbank.
There are currently numerous locations throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and Scottsdale Arizona with plans for rapid expansion. Tocaya is not yet in Orange County.
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Gracias Madre is a plant-based Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood serving “cuisine inspired by the kitchens of Mexico sourced from locally grown ingredients.” Gracias Madre serves organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food full of flavor and love.
Items are not labeled gluten free on the menu so ask your waiter or waitress. The bowls are gluten free. I enjoy bowl tres with quinoa, kale, roasted squash, pesto cashew creme, white beans, peppers and onions with the Madre Green Smoothie.
The restaurant’s aesthetic is beautiful incorporating rustic accents with an outdoor patio and indoor seating. Reservations can be made on Open Table.
Gracias Madre is part of the Cafe Gratitude family founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart. They have a “Gratification” membership where you can get 50% off select menu items at Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre. Delivery: Postmates
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Have a healthy and fabulous rest of the week.
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