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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

La Sirena Grill and Cantina
(El Segundo)

La Sirena Grill and Cantina
Plaza El Segundo
710-D Allied Way
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 640-6170

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About nine years ago a humble little Mexican restaurant started up in Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA, built into a humble old cottage on Mermaid St. It took its name, La Sirena Grill, from the street it was on ("sirena" being Spanish for "mermaid") and began serving up healthy, authentic Mexican fare to those who knew how to find the place. A little later a second location was added and then a third one. Now, about nine months ago a fourth location has been added and this time it is in Los Angeles County . . . El Segundo to be exact, in the El Segundo Plaza to be even more exact.

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Exterior

For this new location the name has been expanded to "La Sirena Grill and Cantina" and the menu has been accordingly expanded to include nouveau Mexican offerings concocted by Cordon Bleu graduate Bradley Herron.


There's plenty of parking at Plaza El Segundo. La Sirena Grill and Cantina is at the far end of the Plaza on the Whole Foods Market side.

Start out with some fresh chips with a nice snappy crunch to them and a delectable salsa verde:

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Chips and Salsa

Event Information

The Tequila Tasting & Food Pairing
November 20, 2008

You will have the pleasure of tasting and learning about our featured tequila Penca Azul and pairings of food & drink from Chef Bradley Herron.

Joining us for the event will be Penca Azul's Tequila Ambassador; he will share his knowledge on the spirit’s flavor and processes.

Cost: $50 per person

Time: 6:00pm

Please RSVP by calling (310) 640-6170 or emailing TasteTequila@lasirenagrill.com.

Limited to 20 spaces; stop by and pre-pay to secure a spot!

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Interior Shot #1

A Little Secret

Be sure to ask about possible special entrees and desserts that may be available when you are there but not listed on the menu.

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Interior Shot #2

Then move on to an appetizer. During my visit I was there with Andrea A. from the LA Times and we shared a crab cake appetizer. It comes with a salad with about six different kinds of nuts in it. Due to my walnut allergy they kindly prepared me a version of the salad sans nuts.

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Crab Cakes

One of their signature appetizers is the "Spicy BBQ Duck Tamale - sweet corn, smoked chile reduction:"

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Spicy Duck Tamale

Unique Item

A unique item at La Sirena Grill is their strawberry-watermelon aguas frescas which takes liquid refreshment to a whole new level.

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Table Shot

For entrees Andrea picked the "Two tacos with cabbage, cilantro, lime and avocado salsa served with black bean-corn gratin:"

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Tacos

While I went for the excellent, dinner menu-only selection, "Wild Mushroom Chilaquiles - arugula, jicama, black truffles, chipotle balsamic & tomatillo sauce:"

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Wild Mushroom Chilaquiles

Finish off your meal with one of their amazing desserts. Choose from Flourless Chocolate Cake or "Chocolate chip bread pudding with horchata ice cream and berry salsa:"

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

View the unedited photo album (63 photos) at flickr by clicking here.

View our complete coverage of La Sirena Grill in Orange County by clicking here.

Official Info

Open Daily 11am - 10pm

Tequila Tasting Hour 5 - 6pm Daily;
50+ Tequilas Only $3 Each

Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 9am - 2pm

Here's some more photos from subsequent visits:

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Romaine Salad

Organic Grilled Romaine Salad: "Pepita dressing, roasted squash, pomegranate syrup."

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Porcini & Truffle Quesadilla

Porcini & Truffle Quesadilla: "Handmade corn tortillas, porcini and truffle mushrooms, organic arugula salad."

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

La Sirena Grill and Cantina - Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding


Monday, September 15, 2008

El Metate (Pasadena)

El Metate
12 N Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 229-0706

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Upcoming El Cholo Events

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Tommy Davis

Tommy Davis

Join El Cholo LA as they DINE with BASEBALL LEGEND, TOMMY DAVIS on September 24, 2008, at 6:30pm.

Enjoy cocktail hour, and a 3-course meal with a complimentary El Cholo Margarita while you listen to Tommy Davis speak of his experiences playing America's Favorite Pastime.

All proceeds will go to charity from this evening's event!

Reserve your spot now: $60.00

(949) 673-0777 or email andrea-rbi@elcholo.com.

Click here to download the flyer for this event (in Adobe PDF format).

85th Anniversary

Can you believe El Cholo is coming up on its 85th anniversary? Well, it is, and on that day, October 27, 2008, they will be offering area teachers, firefighters and police officers a free meal beginning at 5pm, as is their annual tradition.


This "anniversary offer is valid at the historic El Cholo Cafe at 1121 S. Western Ave. in Los Angeles as well as at the El Cholo restaurant in Santa Monica."

Click here to download more information (in Microsoft Word format) on this offer and a timeline of El Cholo's history. Click here to get details of this offer as it relates to Orange County. Click here or on the 'el cholo' label below to see all our El Cholo coverage at once.

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