Located on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Gracias Madre is a gorgeous spot serving vegan Mexican cuisine with bold flavors and seasonally-conscious ingredients.
Previously an antique store, the space is awash with clean white paint, making its high, vaulted ceilings and light wood floors feel sleek but inviting. There's an outdoor patio, anchored by a roaring fireplace, which more than doubles the restaurant's seating capacity. Colorful cushions, stylish tilework and cascading, potted plants make the whole place feel like something out of a slick, Mexican home-decor magazine.
With their own farm, Be Love Farm in Vacaville, California, Gracias Madre grows much of what it serves and is involved in a heritage seed project aimed at preserving non-genetically-modified corn, and even distributing the seed to other growers interested in preservation.
A great cocktail program also features local produce and housemade syrups, shrubs, tinctures, and bitters, a testament to the restaurants philosophy to never cut corners.