If you’re from Southern California and spent any time away from it, you know that Mexican cuisine withdrawal is real! My earliest taco memory is an original hard-shelled taco from Taco Bell, which, by the way, has been voted America’s Best Mexican restaurant in the 2018 Harris Poll. Today, Mexican dishes are a staple in my weekly food rotation. Having been a loyal customer since 1984, my neighborhood take-out and I are on a first name basis. Direct from the airport it is my first stop when returning from a long trip. My welcome home meal is invariably the “Studio Plate”, white rice, grilled chicken, black beans, Caesar salad, served with house-made corn tortillas. Simple, healthy and delicious!
This bowl is all about bold Mexican flavors—spicy-sweet corn, creamy black beans, vegetable-flecked quinoa—and it’s just as delicious if you replace the chicken with your favorite tofu. All of this goodness was inspired by a popular bowl served at the California-based chain Tocaya Organica.
After working at some of L.A.’s top bars, Johnston was ready to tackle her own program — times two. She heads up the bar programs at Tocaya Organica and Toca Madera. Are you a fan of the classics? Charity has your margaritas and aguas frescas. Are you possessed of an adventurous palate? Activated charcoal agave, pineapple tomatillo shrub, and house-made Coca-Cola syrup are just a few of the ingredients you’ll find on the menu now; but stop in frequently! Her drinks are made fresh with seasonal produce and her creativity is boundless. And after you visit her for a drink, we think your enthusiasm for her craft will be boundless too.
Margarita Day is fast approaching. Do you have a plan yet? On this Friday, February 22nd, it’s your duty to find the best margaritas your local bars have to offer. The Drink Me team will likely be at one of Tocaya Organica’s restaurants.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party and looking for an easy game day snack, A.j. McCloud, regional chef at Tocaya Organica shares a recipe for guacamole.
What’s the secret to making good guacamole? “It’s texture,” McCloud says. “When you taste store bought guacamole that’s been put through a machine and hasn’t been made by human hands, it’s just like smooth paste.”
This new healthy, fast-casual Mexican restaurant just added the Keto Bowl ($13.95) to its menu. It's packed with Spanish-style cauliflower rice, sauteed tri-color peppers, avocado, sauteed garlic Brussels sprouts, Roma tomatoes, black olives and arbol salsa. It’s served with your choice of protein and queso.
Did someone say churro ice cream sandwich? Oh, you betcha. Tocaya Organica, a fresh-casual modern Mexican concept, serves up some pretty sweet sweets alongside a menu suitable for vegans and meat lovers. Here, you can have your churro and eat it, too…? Sure.
The vegan, gluten-free roasted cauliflower at Tocaya Organica is spiced with curry, garlic, and cumin for a delicious alternative to potatoes. While most of the menu has a Mexican flair, the Indian flavors in their cauliflower works nicely as a counterpoint to their main dishes. The fast casual new spot is a good place to get your cauliflower fix when you’re on the go.
Sea bass, carne asada, vegan picadillo, and adobo tofu are being used to create organic Mexican fare at Tocaya Organica. This fast casual restaurant located in Kierland Commons focuses on pairing high-quality ingredients with bold flavors. The versatile menu is rooted in traditional Mexican recipes. A variety of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are also available.
Tocaya Organica at Kierland Commons will be hosting “First Round’s on Us” all day on Wednesday, Dec. 5, also known as Neighborhood Appreciation Day. Your first two tacos are free with any purchase of a beverage, side or entrée from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the deal applies to Tocaya’s Carne Molida, Chicken Tinga, Achiote Chicken, Turkey Picante, Adobo Tofu tacos (upcharges still apply for premium proteins).
The restaurant launches a rotating mezcal cocktail menu, along with reimagined traditional Mexican tapas selections. Through the end of the month, guests 21+ can sip on cocktails like the the Siempre, made with El Silencio's Espadin, cucumber, gran classico bitter, lemon and egg white. A DJ and guitarist will perform live every Monday, too.
"We specifically chose our location at the Atelier because we loved the design aesthetic of the building," Tocaya co-founder Tosh Berman tells L.A. Weekly. "It represents a crown jewel in the residential landscape of the area. We have a corner location, offering us high visibility, and we're close to fitness and grocery concepts that coalesce well with Tocaya Organica.
The first out-of-state branch of Tocaya Organica, a counter-service Californian concept touting healthful, modern Mexican fare, is set to open at Kierland Commons on Saturday, Nov. 17. “The Kierland Commons location marks our first location outside California and therefore a watershed moment for the brand," founder Tosh Berman said.
Another day, another Tocaya Organica. This location of the growing upscale organic Mexican food chain lands at the Beverly Center with a bang, taking up some 4,000 square feet of ground floor retail space next to names like Cal Mare, Yardbird, and Farmhouse.