So yesterday we were craving Eat.Drink.Americano’s amazing sandwiches for lunch, so we decided to walk over to DTLA’s Arts District. It’s not a long walk, just over 2 miles but enough to work up an appetite, right? As we get close, I start salivating because I could already taste the fiery horseradish sauce. Oh, this is so going to be worth the walk. We walked up the steps to the restaurant and there is a sign on the door “Closed Sundays.” NO WAY! Well, the good news it that there is a new restaurant right next door that I’ve been wanting to try called Cerveteca… and the even better news is that we arrived right when happy hour started.
Cerveteca has three locations: Venice Beach, Culver City and this one in the Arts District that used to be some sort of loading dock and warehouse. It’s a great open space with plenty of tables and TVs. It’s a great place to watch a game.
I ordered the Classic Margarita ($7) off the Happy Hour menu. This location only serves wine, beer and soju so I wasn’t sure how they were going to make a margarita with agave wine, but they did and it was good.
The Happy Hour food menu is awesome. We started with the Chicano Cheese Pots ($7) which was a trio of dips served with chips. We went on to order way too much food, but it all sounded so good, especially the L.A. Street Dog ($5). Yep, a bacon wrapped hot dog served with grilled peppers and onions toped with mayo, mustard, ketchup and jalapenos. And as long as we were having street food, we added the Mexican corn on the cob ($3).
We had to try one of their tacos, right? I got the grilled organic chicken breast taco ($4) with house marinade, tomato, cilantro, onion and guacamole. We did order something healthy: the Insalada Rode ($5) salad of mixed greens, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, edamame, corn, avocado, queso fresco topped with balsamic and olive oil.
All the food was great and the happy hour menu prices where great too. Our server Nick was great too. Now, there was one thing that we hated about the restaurant… our table. We were seated in the far back corner of the room at the entrance to the kitchen. Our table was smashed up to the computer where the servers entered their orders. Every server who rushed in and out of the kitchen brushed against my chair. That table should be removed from the restaurant. It’s horrible.
Despite the seating location, I look forward to heading back to Cerveteca to try more of their food (I just won’t sit at that table again).
Cerveteca 923 E. 3rd Street (in the Arts District) 213.805.5862
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