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TU MADRE: Twists, Turns, and Tacos

Amidst the bustling streets of Los Feliz, “Tu Madre” beckons with vibrant colors and the promise of fusion. Since 2015, this establishment has been firing up its grills in Westwood, stitching together flavors from the vast tapestry of LA’s culinary landscape. But this isn’t just about meats roasted slow and steady; they’ve got the fermented kick of house-made chili salsas riding shotgun.


Plant-eaters, fear not. Tu Madre embraces you with its plant-based arms, offering you the joy of tacos, bowls, and burritos. But let’s pull back the curtain on their new act on Hillhurst. Playfulness dances on the menu. Fancy a ‘sweet n sour’ chicken taco? They’ve got it. How about a vegan waltz with Korean BBQ? Dive right in.


Our adventure led us to the Rotisserie Chicken Street Tacos. While they seemed to have wrestled a bit too long on the grill, the taste was undeniable. The lamb barbacoa? Now that’s a tango of flavors that’d make your taste buds jive. A sip of tap water, kissed with mint, cucumber, and hibiscus, was refreshing. And ah, the pièce de résistance: the squash blossom quesadilla. Melted to perfection, with a crisp that sang of golden sunsets. The chorizo breakfast taco? A passionate affair, if only it didn’t crumble under the embrace.


But here’s the kicker. Ever felt the rush of every course in a symphony playing at once, leaving some notes unheard, unseen? That’s how the service felt. Everything at once, a culinary avalanche. Some dishes whispered their last words, going cold by the time we met them. And while the ambiance hinted at romantic nights under a canopy of lights, our midday rendezvous left us yearning for more.


Perhaps it’s the mystery of the inconsistent service or the allure of those lights; there’s a charm to “Tu Madre.” Yet, the melodies, while enticing, didn’t strike the chords of encore for us. A fair dance, but perhaps not the one that beckons us back into its arms.


A respectful nod with 2 out of 5 forks.




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