Thursday, June 17, 2010

Where to Drink: Flaming Margaritas @ El Compadre Restaurant

Cruising down Sunset Blvd., it hits you like a two-ton truck: you’re smack in the middle of Hollywood. The dazzling lights, the palm trees, the mansion-covered hills…this is the life. But as with everything, there’s always another side to the story. There’s also Hollyhood – the dive bars, the seedy motels, the grimy streets, the suspicious looking characters who lurk around dark corners…

These two worlds effortlessly collide together at El Compadre, a charming Mexican restaurant that’s architecturally designed like an outdoor villa on a warm summer’s night. There are ruby red, worn leather booths underneath wooden “porches,” a Mariachi band that plays passionately and a bustling bar area with a handful of eccentric characters.

But most importantly, there’s El Compadre’s signature drink, the Flaming Margarita. This fiery concoction is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. It’s cute, it’s charming and it’s strong – all the characteristics I appreciate in my cocktails (and in my men). My eyes dance with delight every time I order one, enchanted by the miniature blue flame that floats atop the ice.

I’m not the only person who appreciates the Flaming Margarita. In fact, El Compadre is always bustling, and I’m certain it has a little something to do with this infamous cocktail. Bright-eyed actors fresh off the plane from the Midwest, big-time movie execs, pot-bellied truck drivers, Yuppies, tourists – anyone and everyone over 21 years old manages make their way to the bar and return with one – if not two – of these margaritas.

El Compadre has the insider’s perspective of Hollywood when the cameras stop rolling. So pull up a stool next to that man who looks like he’s been perched there since 1975, order a Flaming Margarita and enjoy!

PICTURED BELOW: The infamous Flaming Margarita. You may not walk too straight after one of these.

PICTURED BELOW: Just the way Mexican food should be: comforting and filling.

PICTURED BELOW: The Mariachi band provides soothing background music.

El Compadre Restaurant  
7408 W. Sunset Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90046 


  1. nothing i love more than a strong drink. can't wait to try one of these!

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