Beyonce has taken full advantage of LA living, fashion included. Who wouldn’t strut around town in a crop chambray top when there’s no sign of snowflakes in the forecast? When the rest of us common folk have nip slips no one takes notice and we can recover from our embarrassment privately. Unfortunately for Bey, eyes (and cameras) follow her everywhere. So much so that her wardrobe malfunction made the evening and morning headlines: Braless Beyonce. The widely circulated photos of her nip slip were snapped as she and hubby Jay-Z walked out of the West Hollywood restaurant Gracias Madre, where the On the Run couple were feasting while Bey’s nips were still sheltered from the paparazzi lense.
If you thought Beyonce wasn’t serious about vegan cuisine, her trip to Gracias Madre shut that down. With the recent news of a vegan meal delivery service, 22 Days Nutrition, Beyonce has begun to put her stamp on vegan-living. Perhaps moving to LA will make it easier for Bey to commit 100% to a vegan diet, since the city has some of the finest vegan restaurants. Gracias Madre is among them. The restaurant has fed the likes of Common and Amber Rose.
So what can one eat at this favorite of vegan connoisseurs? It isn’t just tofu to go, that’s for sure. You probably like Mexican food: tamales, guacamole, enchiladas. At Gracias Madre you’re feasting on your food truck favorites without the guilt of stuffing your stomach to the brink of explosion. It’s no food truck though, it’s an upscale dining experience. But guess what? You don’t have to have the Carters’ bank account to dine there. The most expensive option on the dinner menu is $18! Healthy and affordable? I’m with it.
Gracias Madre is a personal favorite. I’ve been pescetarian for about 8 years (and for months at a time I’ve gone vegan). I’ve tried my fair share of vegan restaurants, all of which I’ve enjoyed. The thing is, I’m a taco-fiend. I crave guac like my existence depends on it. When I had the pleasure of eating at Gracias Madre last year during a vacation in LA, I couldn’t believe my taste buds. It was so delicious that we ended up ordering more.
The ambiance is what seals the deal. With a bar spanning the majority of one wall on inside and an outdoor garden with picnic bench seating, you’ll never want to eat anywhere else. Apparently the rest of LA seems to feel the same way. Don’t bank on walk-ins, this place is always poppin’ (sans Bey’s nipples though!) so plan ahead and book a reservation.
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