Get directions | 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours | Sunday 11am-11pm, Monday 11am-11pm, Tuesday 11am-11pm, Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm
Whatever your thoughts are on the meatless food movement, one fact remains: It CAN work. Take the meat out of Thai food, Indian Food, or every bummer of a salad you’re planning to eat for the rest of your life and it’s generally of little consequence. But Mexican food? Under the right hands, just maybe. But taking the meat AND cheese out of Mexican food?
Now, don’t be stupid.
Taking the meat and cheese out of Mexican food is like finally taking Jennifer Lawrence out of a David O. Russell movie ,you can’t. Besides, now all you’re left with on your plate is a sweet potato-stuffed hand-rolled tortilla doused with a bunch of corn. And that means starch. A SH*T TON OF STARCH. For those in the dark on what starch is exactly, it’s the thing that makes you feel like a complete dumpster driving home from Gracias Madre. It’s also that thing that leaves food devoid of texture and any level of taste differentiation whatsoever. Consider yourself warned: Gracias Madre is a one-stop starch taqueria of regret.
But let’s back off for a quick second, as there are several things Gracias Madre does extremely well.
The space is beautiful. It’s bright, airy, and gigantic. No matter what time of day it is, their patio is unarguably one of the best spots in the city to kick back and realize it’s January and you’re on a patio. Also, the drinks. We would go to Gracias Madre every day for a cocktail if we could ever find parking on Melrose ,and most times we bite the bullet anyways. Its central Weho location makes it ideal for meeting up with friends who rarely ever leave their Venice bubble, or an out-of-town client who you wouldn’t eat food in front of anyways.
And frankly, those last few things go a long way in this town. So while going hungry to Gracias Madre is something we wouldn’t wish upon our worst enemies, knowing exactly what it’s good for is simply due diligence.
Don’t be stupid twice.