Border Grill: Margaritas and Border Classics Review by Jesse Bluma

Border Grill:  Margaritas and Border Classics

Update:  This Border Grill has closed.

“With a menu of complex authentic dishes based on the home cooking of Oaxaca and the Yucatan, Border Grill takes Mexican food to a whole new level!  Two Top Chef Masters & Too Hot Tamales.  Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are co-chef/owners of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants, serving modern Mexican food.” 

About two years ago I enjoyed taking a cooking class with Mary Sue and Susan. 

Last Saturday I met friends at Border Grill for lunch.  It is always fun taking people to restaurants they have not eaten at before.  The chips and assorted salsas have always been a favorite of mine.  Although, it is best to save room for the delicious food.


My Recommendations

1.  Go for brunch or lunch and enjoy a different menu with lower prices.  Also, it is easier to get a table.  Make a reservation for dinner dining.

2.  Parking:  If you are dining at the Santa Monica location then park in the structure directly across the street.  You can park there all day.  A good idea to use as you can take your time eating and then walk along 4th Street, the Promenade, and Santa Monica Pier.  The downtown location in Los Angeles has a parking structure directly next-door. 

3.  Order the Border Classics composed of chicken panuchos (black bean stuffed tortillas • grilled citrus chickenguacamole • pickled onions), green corn tamales, and plantain empanadas.  The guacamole and citrus of the panuchos adds a great bright and creamy flavor to the dish.  The tamales are neatly packaged pouches of corn, so good.  Rounding out the plate is the plantain empanadas.  These are a nice sweet and savory component.

4.  The Biaco Margarita (tequila blancoagave nectarfresh lime) is the house standard.  Good, although go for the Cucumber JalapeƱo Margarita.  A kick of a drink.

5.  Visit Border Grill’s social media sites for their events, specials, and deals.  As of late you can catch the the weekend brunch:  small plates, mimosas, and Bloodymary’s.

Border Grill Santa Monica is located at 1445 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Border Grill Downtown L.A. is located at 445 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

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