Texan witches often cursed their enemies with the Tex-Mex Hex—causing them to weep ranchero sauce, sprout burritos on their arms, and turn everything they touch into refried beans. Celebrate a more benevolent form of this delectable magic with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of black-light-lit Mexican cuisine and equally glowing drinks from La Velvet Margarita Cantina in Hollywood. The stunning ambience and savory bites floored Citysearchers, who hail the restaurant the #1 Mexican Restaurant in Hollywood.
With its Día de los Muertos décor replete with purple neon lighting, flickering candles, and enough eye candy to fill the largest of plastic pumpkin pails, Velvet Margarita dips guests' chips in ambience as much as in salsa. To keep things simple, all dishes are $16.50 during dinner (4 p.m. to close), $11 during lunch (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and can be made spicier upon request. Nosh on the pollo ala parilla con piña (chicken topped with pineapple and pico de gallo) or the salmón de Martin flopped heavy with white-wine pico cream sauce on a pillowy bed of rice and sautéed greens. Hedge your hunger-related bets with a chile relleno burrito, slow baked and topped with red serrano cream salsa and guacamole.
Give a toast to alcohol—potent and well-apportioned alcohol—with the eponymous Velvet Margarita, made with house tequila Herradura Silver and served inside a hollowed-out fresh pineapple ($15). Other opt-fors include the ginger margarita with Herradura Anejo tequila, Domaine de Canton Ginger, and a tipple of burly hand-squeezed orange juice ($14), coconutacular piña coladas ($12), and tequila cosmos ($10).
Not valid on New Year's Eve, Cinco de Mayo, or any other major holidays. Reservations are required.
Zagat gives La Velvet Margarita Cantina very good ratings on appeal, décor, and service. More than 125 Citysearchers give the restaurant 4.5 stars, making it Citysearch's #1 Mexican Restaurant in Hollywood, and 320 Yelpers give it 3.5 stars:
- Fun and very festive, awesome décor. They serve 3 salsas, all are very good. – CoriM5168, Zagat user
- The food is delicious and rather inexpensive for such large portions, the music is festive to say the least ( from classic salsa to Smiths in spanish), the staff all know me by name and always make me feel at home, but what is truly unbelievable is the decor. – j_mee, Citysearch