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Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Michele Stueven Sangria


  • Weekdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., weekends, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; happy hour, Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking

Gracias Madre is the definitive example of L.A. living and dining: It offers vegan Mexican cuisine under a California pepper tree on its outdoor patio in WeHo. The airy and open indoor dining area next to the bar is bathed in sunlight at lunch and in romantic candlelight at dinner. The stunning, huge courtyard is rustic and comfy, with communal seating and smaller tables, perfect for celebrity spotting. Veteran chef Chandra Gilbert's brunch selections include chilaquiles made with tortilla chips, spicy tomato salsa, avocado, cashew crème and black beans. The tofu ranchero scramble is a mixture of broccoli, spinach, onion, mushroom, pesto cashew crème, avocado, salsa ranchero, black beans and tortillas. The biscuits and gravy are made with tempeh "bacon," caramelized onion and cracked pepper. Top it off with a tropical smoothie with mango, spinach, coconut milk, lime, pineapple, ginger and agave, or try the sangria adorned with a chocolate-dipped strawberry. Plant-based dinner selections include flautas de camote made with sweet potatoes, caramelized onion, guacamole, black beans and cashew nacho cheese. The tacos are a pocketful of barbecue jackfruit carnitas, cashew crema, pickled cabbage, crispy onion and black beans. The escabeche is made fresh daily and a tangy accompaniment to anything. One of the most popular items on the menu is the spicy coliflór frito, great for sharing — cauliflower, cashew nacho cheese and lemon. —Michele Stueven

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