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Chips come with warm refried beans, a chipotle-style salsa, and a pico de gallo style salsa. So there's a lot going on to start.
The menu is broad including a vegetarian section.
But the sleeper here was the chicken mole. I'm a mole fan, and try to find it at various restaurants. This is my new favorite. It's a traditional black mole, but very complex with a hint of sweetness cut short of becoming cloying by the slight bitterness. The chicken itself is dark meat, very tender and moist. It's served with rice, beans and a very small scoop of potato salad.... and choice of tortillas.
This would be good before the Pantages, Palladium, Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater or the Fonda.
Velvet Margarita Cantina
1612 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (between Hollywood and Selma/Sunset)
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