I went to Gracia Madre with some friends not knowing what to expect. Although I am not a vegan, I'm open minded and will try most vegan/ vegetarian dishes. What I received I did not expect! I ordered the enchiladas and was delighted by the cashew 'cheese', the mushrooms are what gave the dish the protein and punch it needed to fill me up. The sauce was slightly spicy and gratifying. My friend ordered a caeser salad for everyone to share- and thak God he did! The caesar salad was incredible! Not sure what was in the dressing, but it had loads of flavor; salty (but not too salty) and a bit tart - I did not miss the anchovies! The setting was warm and comfortable, I loved the long wooden tables and rustic feel. For all of you cynical of vegan Mexican food like I was, try it! you will not be disappointed!
We come here most of the time for their beef burritos and half size chicken. The chicken has been inconsistent both on taste and portion. Sometimes they give us one extra thigh, something they shoved the whole "half" chicken into a tiny take out box. Sometimes they forget to give me the tortilla bread for my chicken. The beef burritos has always been delicious, the salsa bar has decent among of choices. We haven't had any problem with messed up orders, however we have been going there so often the server always knows what I will have before I open my mouth to speak.
This is a great, casual, neighborhood spot to kick it with your friends. The bar is welcoming and people seem to really enjoy themselves. We didn't wait long for a spot. Service was fine. I really liked my tamales but the rice and beans were so so. The rice tasted like something I've made at home from a box - I'm not saying this rice came from a box but I was expecting something less american tasting. I wouldn't want to pay 11 or 12 bux again for a plate when I only like the tamales. I would like to see a re-vamp on the rice and beans. hint hint :)