Restaurant Review: Mercado

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Restaurant Name: Mercado
Location: 7910 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048 
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Happy hour

What I loved: Guac & margaritas! And their carnitas are absolutely drool worthy… among the best I’ve had. EVER.

What I’d improve: I’d love to see more drink options on the happy hour menu.

What I’d recommend: The carnitas, shrimp taquitos, and hibiscus margarita!

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Looking for an extra “cool factor”? The restaurant sits facing the street with a super airy vibe! The front facade is completely open, letting in the warm breezes that define LA. It’s a super fun way to people watch while enjoying yourself :)

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Don’t forget to ask about drink specials! Servers are all super well versed in their offerings and are always coming up with great new mixes! My fave are the margs, especially the hibiscus margarita and the blood orange ruby grapefruit margarita!

Yum yum! Enjoy friends! This place is a must visit!!

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NYC Pepper Margarita

pepper margarita

I’m in the land of unparalleled drink & indulgence (**aka NYC!) for a few days, so what better way to start the weekend than with a signature Serrano Pepper Margarita?!

These have been around for a while, but my first time having one (someone tell me why I waited this long?!) was today! Not only is this a super light cocktail, but it’s delicious and really not thaaat bad for ya! Plus, the serrano peppers add a crazy dimension of flavor. If you want to get extra artsy, blend some strawberries in to taste!

They’re so great that we brought the party home and kept mixing margs all afternoon.

Here’s what you need per glass:

  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 2-3 strawberries, if desired (I like mine better without)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 oz soda wata
  • 1 oz lemon/lime juice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2-3 large icecubes

Blend the concoction (I like to blend all contents and add in ice afterwards). Slice a lime or two for visual effect & enjoy (responsibly)!