Originally Posted on August 10, 2000
by Myrna Gamez
TequilaAficonado.com Executive Editor
A group of colleagues and I had just been through two grueling weeks of producing documents and needed to go somewhere and celebrate our efforts. I had heard of Mexicali’s tequila collection and recommended we go there. Upon arrival I noticed it was a no-frills restaurant, they did have some great old Mexican pictures on the walls but not big on décor. Also, they had not taken down our reservation but since we got there early this did not seem to be a problem, had we shown up 45 minutes later our party of 8 would have had no table, it was soon standing room only.
Although Mexicali is famous for their Margatini’s we decided to start with some El Tesoro Margarita’s which were very tasty, a few people decided to do shots of Patron (which I would like to point out that they only had the Añejo) and Casa Noble Silver. We then moved on to the Casa Noble Margarita’s, which we decided were better than the first. Our next round of Margarita’s were the Herradura Gold, I believe, the group unanimously concluded that these were not as good as the first two. They have over 45 tequilas and unfortunately we could not try them all and drive home safely, but do plan to in the future.
As far as the food goes, we started off with some Bravo Chiles which were nice and spicy, and some Guacamole(s), which for the price were very small servings and it tasted like it had too much pepper and not enough lime or lemon juice (and I am an expert on Guacamole). Unfortunately, three people order fajitas, four ordered carnitas and one ordered tamales, but we were all pleased with our selections and they were good-sized portions, oh yeah, don’t forget those homemade flour and corn tortillas. Dessert was a disappointment, if I recall correctly, they had strawberry shortcake, berry pie, chocolate flan (which was the closest thing to a Mexican dessert and tasted like chocolate pudding) and a couple of other non-mexican selections, I would like to have seen a good flan, some arroz con leche, or even a deep fried ice cream on their menu.
Mexicali’s is a fun trendy place to go hang out with some friends or make new ones and have some great drinks.
12161 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California
Lunch daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner daily 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Cocktails daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Take out and catering available
Phone (818) 985-1744
Cost: $6.95 – $14.85