September 26, 2011

in dinner, restaurant, vegetarian

Border Grill has been on my radar for a while – with celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger serving up critically acclaimed “modern Mexican cuisine” since the 80′s, I snatched up the Living Social deal the morning the email appeared


There’s restaurants in Santa Monica, Vegas, and even a food truck – but we went to the downtown location for an early dinner


Similar to Susan Feniger’s “Street” (where I’ve eaten a couple times) the decor is bright, funky, and fun





All I’d eaten all day was half a ‘loupe and some candy, so I was ready to grub! Inhaled the majority of these freshly fried tortilla chips


3 kinds of salsa (my favorite was the smoky chipotle one)


Abe and I ordered a few vegetarian dishes to share


Quinoa Fritters, which won “Top Chef Masters” (here’s the recipe)


Green Corn Tamales


So incredible. Surprisingly sweet. I left off the sour cream side and stuck to the salsa fresca


Also steered clear of the white stuff on the Market Vegetable Quesadilla, but used plenty of guacamole


Stuffed with roasted poblano, shrooms, corn, chipotle and 3 cheeses (manchego, panela, and cojita)


Really delicious, and the servers couldn’t have been sweeter! We were both full but “needed” to order more to fulfill the Living Social $40 tab, so we asked for a Banana Cream Pie to go.


We’ll have to wait for another time to cross the border on that one, though. I’m still stuffed!

P.S. – Another great group coupon today for Jamba Juice froyo – unfortunately not for the one on Larchmont though :(

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1 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

I LOVE good tamales. This looks like a great meal!

2 Emma September 26, 2011 at 7:41 am

Those quinoa fritters and tamales look to die for! And the drawings on the wall crack me up–especially the nonchalant “Ole”

3 Caitlin September 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

WOW that restaurant looks awesome! Particularly the tamales and quesadilla. And those chips look perfect – man, good thing I only have an hour til my lunch break because you’ve got my appetite going haha

4 Amanda September 26, 2011 at 8:03 am

I love Border Grill. So delicious and fun. I bought the living social deal too but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. We’ll be there soon!

5 snacktress September 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

All that food looks DELICIOUS. The quesadilla sounds really tasty.

6 Andrea@WellnessNotes September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

I want to go to Border Grill next time I’m in L.A.! I remember watching them in the 90s on Food Network, and I loved their show!

7 Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am

I never thought the food there was so that fancy! I think there are too many places with similar names to that, which are not all that good. I can’t wait to try!

8 Vegetarian in the City September 26, 2011 at 10:44 am

this place looks so fun!! i wish they had a Border Grill in New York. mmmmm mexican food :)

9 Brigid September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

We went to Border Grill a couple of weeks ago. The guacamole was insanely delicious, and I really liked the plantain empanadas. We went crazy for the salsas, too.

10 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Oh that looks fun! Glad you guys had a nice time and thanks for the Wordpress/iphone app info! :)

11 pure2rawtwins September 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

the food looks wonderful!!! love the environment too of that place

12 Jersey Girl Cooks September 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

The food looks delicious! Now I am craving Mexican.

13 livinglearningeating September 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

I always think tamales look so fun in their little corn wrappers :)

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