- By Kymberly Chase
Gracias Madre, specializing in vegan Mexican food, is the innovation of the Café Gratitude family. Born out of love for Mother Earth and reverence for all mothers, the traditional Mexican cuisine is plant-based and created all from scratch using local, organic ingredients. Meat eaters will also be completely satisfied — the food is that delicious! During these trying times, the spacious, bright, and airy patio offers socially distanced marble-top tables along with comfortable chairs and many upholstered couches. Tall hurricane candles that light every table along with strings of light bulbs create a charming ambience for outdoor evening dining.
The menu is beyond impressive. We started off with margaritas, chips, salsa, and guacamole, all absolutely delicious! My favorite, which I will be ordering every time I eat here, is traditional hominy stew featuring ancho-chile broth, cashew crema, avocado, and tortilla strips. It’s as good as home-made! Some of the other top entrees are mushroom fajitas, chimichangas, and flautas. I went with the chimichanga and what an incredible choice I made. The crispy shell was stuffed with veggies, potatoes, and beans with guacamole, crema, and pepitas on top. Another delish dish was the flautas de camote-sweet potatoes, caramelized onion, guacamole, cashew nacho cheese, and black beans. Be sure to try it! No matter what time of day it is, the Gracias Madre patio is one of the best spots for outdoor dining in LA!
Gracias Madre is located at 8905 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.