To celebrate my mom’s birthday last Saturday, I joined my parents for dinner near my apartment at Red O by Rick Bayless (a favorite of ours from Top Chef: Masters). It’s high-end, refined Mexican food and it was an all-around enjoyable experience.
Things I am obsessed with: Red O’s metal façade.
I didn’t really get any good photos of the interior, but it was cool – it sort of gradually transitioned from outside to inside. You would not have to ask me twice to go back there, that’s for sure.
My mom and I started off the night with their house margarita – the perfect size and the right combination of salty and sweet. My dad kept it classy with a Pacifico.
I insisted we order what our waiter claimed was the best item on the menu – pork belly sopes. These had quite a kick to them!
We also shared one of the specials – Mexican ravioli made with corn masa and stuffed with spinach. Such a fun spin on the traditional version!
We shared two entrees three ways: roasted garlic mushroom tacos [shiitake, oyster, portobello, and cremini mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic mojo, black beans, spinach, and queso fresco.] This was my mom’s favorite dish of the night.
My favorite was the Pollo en Mole Poblano [grilled Mary’s young chicken, homemade mole poblano with 27 ingredients, black beans, and watercress salad]. So good – this is mole done right.
We all enjoyed the meal – good service, nice ambience (except for the occasional siren) and flavorful, but not overly rich, food.
We followed our cute little waiter’s suggestion for dessert: pecan ice cream, and I (think) a mocha tart with a caramel sauce. So decadent.
My parents are owning:
All in all, Red O was a great meal and fun experience – no complaints here from me, or my parents, and it was a nice “special occasion” place to celebrate my mom’s birthday. I will definitely add it to my collection of favorite LA restaurants. Go and report back on how you like it!
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