Anejo Cantina & Grill (Sherman Oaks, CA)

happy hour, Mexican

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If one is familiar with the Sherman Oaks area on Ventura, you might have seen this place. Though we don’t live in the area, we drive by this area numerous times and have never seen this place! It’s only been open since October 2015–in all this time, I would think I would have at least noticed it! Maybe because it’s on the 2nd floor of the shopping center? Who knows… oh, well…

Walking up the steps to this place, I was excited. To the left of the entrance is an outdoor patio seating area–looked chill/relaxing. I now had high hopes.

Went to meet some people for happy hour–gotta love that! πŸ˜€ When we stepped inside, decor wasn’t disappointing at all! Ambiance was classy and casual. Service was attentive–maybe a little too attentive, haha–food runners and couple servers tried to take my partially eaten tostada away thinking that I might have been done.

As mentioned, we had a tostada, but I forgot to take a pic of itΒ :*( Eli and I had shared the tostada since we weren’t too hungry and didn’t want to go overboard on the eating since we have the tendency to clear our plates (even though we may be full 1/2 way through the dish) 0_O The dish was okay, nothing special or out of the norm from a tostada anywhere else. The price was great though since it was on the happy hour menu. I added a bunch of their salsa and mixed it all up–made it a bit more tasty.

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As with most happy hours, can’t go to one w/ one ordering an alcoholic bev ;P Considering they were only $3 or $4, it wasn’t too bad. We both had 2. The non-happy hour pricing wouldn’t be worth it to us. Found out from our lovely server (from England) that the HH margaritas are pre-made. So, don’t know if it would have tasted any different if it were individually made. One of the people from our table did end up ordering a margarita after HH ended–it looked the same :/

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Before the first bite, I wasn’t expecting the salsa to be that good… and I don’t know why, but with most Mexican places we’re visiting lately, I don’t have much expectation for their salsas 😦 This one tasted better than I thought–only because it was more of a chipotle type of salsa, I’m not too fond of chipotle in salsa. It was definitely good enough for me to pig out on, though–chips and salsa, one of my weaknesses o_O

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We didn’t have this sangria, another person in our party did. I didn’t taste it, the person who ordered it said it tasted okay. The presentation is okay–flower makes it look like they wanted to add something but didn’t really know what, haha!

CONCLUSION –Β We’d definitely come back here for happy hour and try other items on the menu–I was eyeing the ceviche πŸ˜€ Probably wouldn’t order the margarita again. And most likely wouldn’t come here unless it was for happy hour (going by our HH experience). It’s definitely a place to check out but don’t expect anything too phenomenal.

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FOH Restaurant (Downtown Los Angeles, CA)

Mexican

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First things first… I LOVE the interior of FOH!!

As we were seated, I was hoping to enjoy the food as much as I enjoyed being a part of this relaxed, trendy, not-too-loud setting, haha!

Can’t say much for their alcoholic beverages, but can say that I adored how they laid out their drink menu–imagine four quadrants, each quadrant appointed to a particular taste (i.e. bitter, sweet, sour, etc); so, each specialty drink was placed according to taste… so ingenious! I’ve never come across anything like that before (does this show how much I don’t go out for drinks?? πŸ˜› ).

Onto the food…

We got to sample a few things πŸ˜€ These were some of our faves…

Jalapeno Cornbread

Probably can’t tell from this image, but the cornbread was placed in a deep pan. Getting a piece was more work than it should have been (hopefully they alter serving method); but aside from that, it was warm, moist, and has a bit of a kick to it (if you ate a jalapeno). Slap some of the honey butter on there and you’ll just want to keep shoveling that into your mouth, haha! Screw using a knife and fork trying to be proper and neat… just spread the butter in the pan and eat right out of there! We didn’t actually end up eating like that since we were family-styling it w/ some other people, haha! That’s the only thing that stopped us πŸ˜›

Tacos

I’m not a red meat eater, but Eli is–good thing one of us is because according to Eli, this was awesome and a must-try! I did have the quail egg, though. Didn’t realize it was a quail egg till after gulping it down. I thought texture feltΒ kind of different from a regular egg but figured I was imagining things… I wasn’t, haha. Now, I can say that I’m not a quail egg fan–it tasted okay but there was just something about the texture that was off to me (the yolk was more runny than a regular chicken egg). Also, I’m not a corn tortilla fan. So, going by these last few sentences, these tacos weren’t quite for me; but Eli did love them! The meat was just right for him.

Pork Chop

Okay… this one… *sigh* my mouth is watering just from looking at this picture and reminiscing of when I was devouring it, haha! And I’m now feeling more hungry than I did just 30 seconds ago… oh, there goes a stomach growl, haha! The meat is so tender and moist… and flavorful! We both enjoyed this one!

Steak Frites

Steak… no bueno for me :/ Eli, on the other hand, LOVED this one! The coffee rub put a different twist on it–and BTW, the coffee rub is decaf to take into consideration a diner’s possible sensitivity to caffeine πŸ™‚ I REALLY wanted to try this one, but I couldn’t get myself to do it–no cow for me. But (!!) the fries, they were fantastic! Perfectly crisp and just the right amount of salt and garlic… I WANT SOME NOW!!!!! Not even joking right now!! o_O Wish there was a place that had as good of fries as these closer to me! Yes, THEY ARE THAT YUMMY!!! (Confession: I think I filled up on these fries, hehe!)

CONCLUSION: Definitely go check out this spot if you’re in DTLA or don’t mind trekking on over there. You won’t be disappointed! And order off their drink menu, would ya?? πŸ˜€