Saturday, July 31, 2010

Villa Sombrero

Who doesn't love a good margarita?  And after hearing from two different friends, on different occasions, that this little restaurant served the best margaritas in Los Angeles, I had to check it out.  So I did.  And it did not disappoint.

That was a few years ago.  Since then I've returned several times: for gals' nights; catchup nights with old friends; birthdays; and even hey-let's-have-an-early-happy-hour afternoons.  All good times.

Of course I was among the many disappointed to find out that it had closed -- as rumor had it, due to losing their lease to another restaurateur.  The new restaurant wasn't too popular, and within months Villa Sombrero was back, same wait staff, same bulky chairs, same guacamole-making station, and -- of course -- same margaritas.

When we discovered that some good friends were moving abroad, it made sense to have a bon voyage dinner at Villa Sombrero, especially because said friends were moving to a country where Mexican food is hard to come by.  Our circle of friends came out for a super evening of quality time together.  Just like our college days.

[viva villa sombrero!]

[strawberry margaritas, blended and on the rocks]

[fresh, fresh, guacamole]

I had two margaritas: strawberry and peach.  They actually mash and muddle real fresh fruit into the margarita, no artificial flavorings at all.  Delicious.  And deliciously strong.  Make sure you have the guacamole, as well as a meal, if you're going to have two drinks here.  Or make sure, like me, that you're not the one driving.  Luckily, there are many pregnant ladies in my circle of friends these days, who are the default designated drivers.  Thank goodness!

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