Los Angeles, CA 90028
Parking: Metered street parking on nearby streets, local bus lines
Monday-Friday, 5-8pm, $4 beers, $5 margaritas and Patron shots, $3-5 appetizer selections
I love “Tequila” as much as the next 40-going-on-12-year-old dancing for their life at a biker bar, so it was a happy Thursday night indeed when Classic Movie Kitty Packard Pictorial suggested a Happy Hour at Te’Kila, the latest Mexican restaurant to take up residence at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Schrader.
JB scaring the natives & KP befriending them!
Formerly housing La Cantina, the new space shares a throughway with a very loud bar/restaurant across-the-way, Five 0 Four. The space that these 2 joints share is very cute and feels like a quaint New Orleans hub, which is perfect for Five 0 Four’s Big Easy theme. Fittingly, up from this delta sits Memphis, or sat Memphis two restaurants ago – as I just found out, I don’t know who’s housed there now!
Back to Te’Kila – they’re new and their happy hour is very good as they establish their business. From 4-8pm on Monday-Friday – on the drinks side, they offer $5 margaritas, $5 shots of Patron, $5 Well drinks, $4 beers, and $2 off Te’Kila & specialty cocktails. For food, they’ve got $3 Dirty Dogs (bacon-wrapped hot dog), $2 Taco’s, $5 chicken wings, $5 quesadillas, and $5 Nachos Explosion (comes with your choice of meat – though going veggie with the order doesn’t mean it’s cheaper…). Kitty & I drank our weight (okay our water weight) in margaritas and shared an order of the not-cheaper vegetarian Nachos and some of the complimentary chips & salsa. Not to be harpin’ on this vegetarian-same-price issue cos $5 is a good deal for the nachos – with our without meat. But when they take away the meat, I don’t believe they add more of the vegetarian ingredients, which kind of seems like you shouldn’t be paying the same price. I believe Baja Fresh operates like this – I think I got a vegetarian version of one of their chicken burritos for a good $2 less! C’est la vie!
Again, back to Te’Kila… the restaurant was kinda cool, it has a great patio space and the inside color scheme is darker than the more festive La Cantina and marked with artwork featuring crazy-kill-ya-man banditos (Danny Trejo would fit right in!). But the music was a bit much – seriously, it was like a lost-in-the-late-90’s megamix… excess Shaggy and Crazytown’s “Butterfly” on repeat. Add to that a competing soundtrack across the way at Five 0 Four and you gotta figure Te’Kila isn’t so much a place to catch up than drown your joy & sorrows in $5 margaritas!
And the service is all right, everyone was really nice – but (and this is gonna sound totally lame) our first drink round sat empty for a good five minutes before we could ask for another and we also had to ask for the complimentary chips & salsa. I get not just giving them away if people aren’t going to eat them, but at least ask. Daaaaamn, I wanted chips & salsa!
All in all, Te’Kila was a fun spot for after-work drinks. Not sure that I’d make it a regular stop, but enjoyed the good deal. And definitely want to re-visit the area to see what makes Five 0 Four such a stomping ground!
Rating: 3.5 Martinis