El Coyote – Mid Wilshire – Margarita Mondays – March 1st, 2012
by Maren Swanson
Last week I found myself at a beverage crossroads: coffee or margaritas? It was late afternoon on a Monday and I stood right in between a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and El Coyote in the Mid Wilshire district of Los Angeles. Decisions, decisions…
The sun was beginning to set and suddenly a slight breeze chilled me. Boom. Margaritas at El Coyote equaled inside warmth, I rationalized to my boyfriend, and we continued through the old school Spanish structure built in 1931. Past the game-filled gift shop in the front entry way stood a dark bar with Latin charm. Colored glass bottles lined the walls, providing just enough light to make our way to the worn red booth.
I was stoked - old school, baby. On our table I noticed a sign with the words: Margarita Mondays. For $4.50 we could choose from the house margarita or house fruit-flavored margaritas all day, 11:30am - 10pm. Were these the same prices they had charged in the 1930’s?! I wasn’t about to ask. The bartender also explained that for a few dollars more we could order a “scratch” margarita made from fresh fruit and no mixes, including a higher-end tequila. For research purposes we ordered both, along with a side of chunky guacamole and chips (they actually offer chunky or whipped guac). It was also adorable that one of the older senoritas swung by to offer us a refill on the chips.
The flavor of the house margarita made from the well tequila and mix was expected, but still tasty, yet the guacamole was delicious. Barely-mashed avocados with hints of lime juice were a great pair with the hot-salted tortilla chips and my icy cocktail. Our “scratch” margarita had the two of us ready to pay the check and head home as soon as possible. Note: this was not a bad thing – our new drink was crazy strong, if you catch my drift.
After we paid the bill and were headed outside, a sign on the bar door displayed some short-term flavored vodka specials that were going on, too. For $5, you could purchase premium vodkas such as Ketel One Orange, Grey Goose Le Citron, Imperia vodka and more. Next time...
If you are looking for a fun “old” spot in LA, give El Coyote a try. The valet is cheap and so are the Margarita Mondays.
7312 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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