From the owners of Café Gratitude in Los Angeles, I bring you 2nd location GRACIAS MADRE in West Hollywood. Matthew and Terces Engelhart – they did it, and did it right. A vegan Mexican restaurant.
I had the pleasure to visit this restaurant – just a week after their opening. Located-directly across from Craig’s West Hollywood- lay this gem with a well-lit bar, dining lounge, and adobe/brick patio equipped with a candle lit prayer corner. Guests can literally dine on a full Mexican Vegan Cuisine menu and a 100% organic agave cocktail program… while confess their thoughts to a statue Mother Mary. After visiting Gracias Madre and feasting on their sopas, quesadillas, gorditas, and Escabeche- I was impressed and wanted more. I was lucky enough to sit down with Ryland Engelhart, Chief Inspiration Officer of Gracias Madre, West Hollywood and asked a few questions.
#1 Happy Bites- What is the concept behind Gracias Madre and tell me again how you were inspired?
Ryland Engelhart- Our Families Love for the flavor of Mexican Food and knowing the importance of Organic ingredients and seeing the void of a restaurant we desperately wanted to find. But it was not out there. Also this inspiration came through a trip to Mexico visiting the families of our beloved employees. Our Love of Mother Earth and the all the mothers that nurture the human family is what this restaurant is a devotion to.
#2 Happy Bites- Gracias Madre has garden fresh elements in the dishes…You spoke of these fresh ingredients and farmers markets-can you discuss which markets you choose from and how often?
Ryland Engelhart -We have our own farm, Be Love Farm that we get some of our produce from and beyond that we serve 100% organic ingredients mostly all coming from Southern California.
#3 Happy Bites -What is the most requested dish on the menu?
Ryland Engelhart -Our Home made Fresh Made Warm Corn Tortilla, with Guacamole and the Gorditas
#4 Happy Bites- the patio is quite large- will there be an offered happy hours or spring specials outside?
Ryland Engelhart -We do have a happy hour, and we plan to have events on the patio.
#5 Happy Bites -What is your favorite restaurant feature at Gracias Madre, West Hollywood?
Ryland Engelhart -The Alter to the Mother on the patio. Where you can place a prayer and light a candle
Best Bite- I tried many things on the menu, but I did not have one favorite dish- I had two; the Gorditas and Enchilada Con Mole. The Gorditas (Pictured Above) – was packed with flavor. Potato-masa cakes topped with warm salsa Verde, avocado, and cashew crème. The Cashew crème resembled sour cream, but had a buttery nut flavor that you could literally put on every dish as a side sauce. Last the Enchilada Con Mole, this dish is perfection. Spicy mole enchiladas topped with mushrooms and cashew cheese, served with sautéed greens and beans. Stay tuned for more…