Sangrias, like pies or realistic Fruit of the Loom costumes, are best when made with fresh fruit. Reap the taste rewards of crisp produce with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican cuisine, margaritas, and more at The Spanish Kitchen.
The colonial hacienda-style Spanish Kitchen dishes out sizzling southern Mexican cuisine in a palpably authentic atmosphere made palpablier authentic with 15,000 tiles imported from Tecate and antique furniture from Guadalajara. Friendly waitstaffers present a parade of dishes combining Mexican cooking traditions with modern global influences, such as the lobster crepe starter, which mixes the French tortilla equivalent with sautéed lobster, manchego cheese, and leeks in a tequila-lobster cream sauce ($13). Combo platters allow indecisive gourmands to pair creatively cooked enchiladas with a variety of tacos, sweet-corn tamales, or chile rellenos ($18–$25). The Spanish Kitchen’s lengthy drink menu provides tequila pairings for its flavorful dishes, including the la casa margarita ($9) with your choice of fruity infusion or peppery punch. Refreshing sangrias cleanse heated palates ($9 for a glass, $32 for a pitcher), and 16 brands of tequila lie in wait for eager tipplers. Happy-hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m. each day treat patrons to $3 Tecates, $5 margaritas, and $5 appetizers.
Reviewers are mixed about the food prices at The Spanish Kitchen, but they praise the restaurant's atmosphere and drink selection. The Spanish Kitchen has been featured in several publications, including Patterson's Beverage Journal, the article "L.A.'s 50 Most Important Restaurants," and Los Angeles magazine. Citysearchers give The Spanish Kitchen an average rating of 3.5 stars, and Yelpers give it an average of three stars.
- Good food, fast, friendly service. Great happy hour. Bartenders are very welcoming. Mexican-American food that actually has flavor, rather than just being large portions of gooey, cheesy, saltiness. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive place in the area. Perfect for birthdays or get-togethers. Potent and tasty margaritas! — angelagoon, Citysearch
- I always try something different and its [sic] always delicious. The atmosphere is very rustic and kind of makes you feel like you're in the bottom of giant Spanish Ship. — Brooklyn S., Yelp