Fusing Mexican ingredients with Japanese influence from the surrounding Sawtelle neighborhood, Hermanito comes complete with a covered patio and quaint, string-lit alleyway, plus a wood-paneled interior where you can enjoy cocktails that favor mezcal and tequila spirits. Opt for The Myra, which combines mezcal with watermelon, lemon, honey, firewater, and a Tajin rim, or the Full Monte, with Diplomatico rum, mezcal, lime, honey, amaro, and rosemary. On the food side, they’ve got guac and chips, avocado fries, and bao buns as starter options; an array of taco; large-format dishes like Pork Chop Katsu and Pollo Karage; and buñuelos and a Tres Leches Cake for dessert. Stop by on a Tuesday and take advantage of their Taco Tuesday deal that offers three tacos, a beer, and a shot for just $25.
How to book: Walk-ins accepted if space is available.
Hermanito is a chic Mexican cantina and restaurant off Sawtelle Blvd with one of the best al-fresco dining experiences on the Westside. Other than its short (but very good) list of cocktail offerings, the bar has an extensive tequila and mezcal selection to pair with any of its small plates or shareable food options. The menu is an eclectic mix of Mexican classics like charred Esquites and Crispy Birria Tacos, with contemporary spins that pay homage to the neighborhood’s Japanese influence, like Al Pastor Pork Belly Bao Buns and Chicken Wings tossed in a smoky salsa macha.
How to book: Walk-ins accepted, but reservations are highly recommended, especially for Friday and Saturday nights. Order delivery or pickup online.
This restaurant and bar brings Baja California to Sawtelle, with a dash of Japanese influence from the surrounding neighborhood. Think Baja-style fish tacos battered in panko and togarashi, veggie tacos with maitake mushrooms, and ponzu sprouts, all paired with a killer spirits list, including impressive Japanese whiskey and mezcal offerings and a bartender’s choice “omakase.” Facing the street is a white patio deck with hanging plants that feels like you’ve cozied up on a friend’s shaded porch, while further back is another outdoor patio with astroturf, a netted roof for shade, and potted plants. The intimate interior is outfitted in sleek woods and boasts a different vibe altogether.
How to book: Reservations recommended. Book online.