When we think of Mexican food it’s often tender pulled-pork carnitas or spicy beef tacos that come to mind. Gracias Madre serves up those same complex, spicy, tangy flavors we associate with Mexican cuisine with the following disclaimer: it’s all vegan. The quesadillas are filled with butternut squash, caramelized onions, pumpkin seed salsa, and nutty cashew cheese, enchiladas con mole are re-imagined using sweet fried plantains, black beans and cashew crema—this food is super-satisfying and layered with those salty/zesty tastes we all crave. Aside from the feat that is vegan Mexican food that’s actually delicious, the patio is arguably one of the most beautiful in LA—trees (studded with little lights), plush sofas, and mosaic-topped tables. Request a seat outside and start with an order of chips and guac with their signature mezcal margarita, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a CBD snowcone (lemon, agave, hibiscus hielo respado, and cannabidiol oil).

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