On your next girls’ night out in West Hollywood, satisfy your cravings for fun, flavor, and margaritas at Tortilla Republic. You’ll want to make a reservation well in advance, as this lively spot is always packed with a stylish crowd hungry for upscale Mexican cuisine served in an effortlessly chic atmosphere. Once you’re in, the good times are all but guaranteed, so slide your crew into the cozy circular booth beneath a towering tree sculpture and open up the cocktail menu.
Tequila’s the star of the bar, and you’ll find more than a dozen cocktails that feature it prominently. Start at the top of the list with a “social” pitcher of the excellent house margarita, made with El Jimador Blanco tequila, Stirrings triple sec, fresh agave, and lime. While your bartender stands on his tiptoes to reach the top-shelf liquor, you’ll notice the glow from the glass case that showcases other premium tequilas. Keep it in mind, as you may wish to enjoy a small glass of a smokey añejo (aged) tequila after dinner. But for now, divvy up the drinks and raise a toast to a long-overdue get together with your best pals.
Nothing complements a sweet margarita like a spicy dish, so pretend to be a food critic and give the salsa tasting a rigorous analysis. Do you prefer the classic salsa de mesa (table salsa), the tangy salsa de tomatillo fresca (made with green tomatoes), or the sweet papaya salsa that hides a fiery side in the form of habanero pepper? Whichever you decide on, your regal composure will go out the window as you elbow each other out of the way to scoop up the last of it with house-made tortilla chips.
Salsa, of course, is just the beginning. You’ll want to split an appetizer of tacos de jicama, which contain jicama, a crunchy, refreshing, Mexican root vegetable, before moving on to decadent mains like crispy pork carnitas and the popular TR hamburguesa, with wagyu beef and roasted poblano peppers.
As you take your last sips and bites and discuss the latest goings on among family and friends, you and your girls will all agree on one thing: tonight certainly won’t be your last night out at Tortilla Republic.