Quintessentially Los Angeles: El Compadre Restaurant

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Some things are undeniably L.A….palm trees, TV show tapings, sunny beaches, traffic, road rage, smog,  chucks, celebrity sightings in Starbucks…the Lakers…

On that list, we also can’t forget to include El Compadre Restaurant, a charming Mexican restaurant and bar in Hollywood that always manages to attract a lively, bustling crowd no matter what time of the day it is. Situated on Sunset Boulevard., its nondescript exterior offers no hint of the festive ambiance that awaits customers inside the space that’s architecturally designed like an outdoor villa on a warm summer’s night. It’s within here that a boisterous mariachi band provides background music for the patrons indulging in tasty regional Mexican dishes and El Compadre’s infamous “Flaming Margarita.”

Ah, yes — the “Flaming Margarita.” It’s this little fiery concoction that turns first-time visitors into repeat customers. Loaded with tequila and just the right amount of fruity flavor, the highlight of this cocktail is the miniature blue flame that quietly floats atop the ice. Indeed, these margaritas are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate and fortunately, they’re also quite strong. After finishing two or three of these bad boys, most people aren’t walking too straight.

With comforting Mexican food and deadly drinks, it’s no wonder that El Compadre Restaurant is a destination for so many Angelenos. Bright-eyed, aspiring actors, big-time movie execs, off-duty teachers, old people, youngsters, Yuppies, tourists — and pretty much anyone else over 21 years old — tends to make their way to El Compadre.

So what are you waiting for? Next time you are in the Hollywood area, cruise over to El Compadre, pull up a stool next to that man who looks like he’s been perched there since 1975, order a Flaming Margarita and enjoy!

El Compadre Restaurant can be found at 7408 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 323.874.7924, www.elcompadrerestaurant.com.

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