If you’re after a healthy lunch in a beautiful setting in West Hollywood, Gracias Madre is your place.

This is plant-based Mexican at its best. And it’s organic.

The interior is stunning, the outdoor dining area is earthy and beautiful and the food is pretty great too. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to move in, make friends with the staff and basically live in the premises forever.

This place is about real vibrant ingredients, presented really well.

We enjoyed a $20 lunch special that let us taste a few of their dishes. This might just be a weekday thing. You get to pick one starter, and 2 entrees that are served like a main, and you also get a dessert.

We tried the chopped salad for the starter and some tacos and tostadas as our mains.

The dessert for the tasting menu is a Mexican Wedding cookie that comes with chocolate coconut ice cream. Everything was fresh and vibrant and filling.

Another great feature of this place is the drinks.

They use small batch tequilas and house-made syrups. With our friend the lovely Miss E we enjoyed a couple of the Jalisco Kiss cocktails, made with juniper infused tequila, rose syrup, sparkling wine and lemon.

If you spend a lot of time in LA you’d come back here again and again.

Trip Notes:

  • This gorgeous restaurant can be found at 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA.
  • Melrose Avenue is busy to park on, but we found a nice little open-air carpark by around the corner, by taking North Robertson Boulevard onto El Tovar Place.
  • Bookings are made on OpenTable.

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