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Progressive Mexican fare from chef Ray Garcia in downtown Los Angeles.


Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

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Broken Spanish, Los Angeles, CA

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Broken Spanish Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Broken Spanish in downtown Los Angeles is a project from chef Ray Garcia. The space feels open and airy, with window panels doubling as fold-down tables for sidewalk seating. Inside, guests can perch at the marble counter and watch the chefs in action or snag one of the tables adjacent to the bar or in the dining room, where there's a communal table and a banquette along the wall. The ambiance is contemporary with mid-century touches and charming Mexican features.

Food & Drinks: At his previous post at FIG in Santa Monica, chef Garcia drew significant inspiration from the farmers market and that same passion for ingredients is apparent in dishes like a salad of leafy greens, radish, cucumber, pepitas and Meyer lemon dressing. Garcia also subscribes to a nose-to-tail philosophy for his progressive Mexican fare, represented in appetizers such as the pollo prensado, made with chicken thigh, chicken skin, cockscomb and guajillo. Among the "platos principales," there is an interesting rendition of chicharron. Parts of the menu are exotic and may be a bit adventuresome for most, but there are many options for those with more conservative palates. Desserts might include goat’s milk flan or arroz con leche with graham streusel, prunes, brown butter and Port reduction. There is a brief wine list plus a few Mexican beers. Cocktails are served in Mexican glassware and some incorporate peppers for an extra kick. Happy hour, weekdays from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at the bar and corral, features $9 cocktails and discounted bites.

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