Deep in the Heart of NoHo: El Tejano

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el tejano signI made it into El Tejano, which just opened up in the North Hollywood Arts District. I know El Tejano translates into “The Texan” in Spanish, but my background with Tex-Mex isn’t extensive. I’ve (sadly) never been to the Lone Star State. So I’m not coming from the perspective of a Yellow Rose From Texas, just a SoCal girl who loves food. Cause that’s what we’re all about here.

 

El Tejano
11122 W Magnolia Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601
http://eltejanotexmex.com

The interior design of El Tejano is festive and welcoming; it definitely brings to mind what I imagine a summer in Texas is like. Right when you enter through the large patio the party gets started! There is an outdoor bar with plenty of seating. And to your right, there’s outdoor bean bag games, giant Connect Four and even a pillory for pictures.

el tejano bar

Those bright colors transferred into the dining room; this would be such a fun place to get your local girl gang together at for food and drinks.

el tejano interiror

I died when I saw this wall of cowboy hats and sombreros. So cute!

el tejano palomaI bellied up to the bar ready to wet my whistle with one of my favorite cocktails, the Paloma; grapefruit-infused tequila, soda, lime, agave and grapefruit bitters. I love my cocktails a little bit tart, so this was perfect for me.

el tejano michelada

If you’re coming in with a guest, I recommend the Michelada. This bloody mary (beer instead of vodka) comes with Imperial Cerveza beer and the mix but look at that portion! It’s perfect for two people to share. At $7, that’s tough to beat.

Heads up: There isn’t table service here, you do have to order at the bar, and then you are given a number for your table. Let’s eat!

I wanted to try the fun appetizers I associate Tex-Mex with so I ordered the Queso Fundido, Nachos, and Frito Pie.

el tejano nachos

As you can see, this portion of Nachos is gigantic! There’s plenty to share with friends. The chips are covered in melted a Tejano cheese blend, black beans, guacamole, sour cream, pickled jalapeños, and tomatoes. You have your choice of meat to add if you want to add it. I want with the carnitas, which was obviously an awesome choice!

el tejano queso fundito

For my cheese monger readers, the Queso Fundido is made up of all your food porn fantasies (see my video here). The gooey cheese is piping hot and fresh off the skillet with poblano peppers, onions and I added chorizo on top. It comes with a side of flour tortillas to soak up all those juices. It’s like Tex-Mex fondue!

el tejano frito pie

Their Frito Pie is a huge step up from my Dad’s growing up (sorry dad!). The Fritos came topped with ground beef, cheddar cheese, sour cream and Pico de Gallo. I love the difference in temperatures with the cooked beef and chill spreads.

el tejano churros

After all these savory treats, I had a serious sweet tooth, so I decided to try their Churros, which came with both caramel and chocolate. They’re fresh out the fryer, crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside and topped with cinnamon and sugar. You can view my churro dipping porn here.

 

 

If you’re ever in North Hollywood, slap on your cowboy boots and get in there!

Julianne

Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023647/ For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.

1 Comment

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    chrissypoo

    August 5, 2016

    C’mon – this isn’t real Tex Mex, but a poor imitation. Where is the cumin? Why isn’t there Carne Gruisada or Calabacita Del Puerco?

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