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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 La Mala Vida, which combines both spirits with black walnut bitters and sea salt for an agave take on an Old Fashioned. For something more refreshing, try the Myra with jalapeno- and cucumber-infused mezcal, fresh watermelon, and a Tajin rim. On the food side, they’ve got guac and chips, avocado fries, an umi tostada, and chicken tinga bao buns as starters, or go big with mains like a five-spice duck a la plancha with coloradito molé, grilled green onions, and handmade flour tortillas. If you happen to stop by on a Tuesday, their Taco Tuesday deal that offers three tacos, a beer, and a shot for just $20 is a must-order.
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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.
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Hermanito took over the former Flores + Sons space, turning it into a stunning restaurant with an expansive back patio that offers the most aesthetically pleasing alfresco dining experience on Sawtelle. The menu includes the expected (like grilled street corn and tasty tacos starring house-made, Sonoran-style tortillas) and several delicious surprises (such as the Asian-inflected chicken tinga bao buns and Peking duck with mole sauce), complete with a range of phenomenal cocktails and a moist, must-order tres leches cake. Come Cinco de Mayo, Hermanito’s celebrating with a half-pig pibil using Peads & Barnetts pork, smoked in banana leaves with fresh oranges and aromatics. Bring your date or a group of friends for the 5-for-$28 pibil tacos special.