Nightmarish Conjurings recently visited CityWalk LA’s newest dining institution, Antojitos: Cocina Mexicana. Rooted in traditional Mexican fare with a twist, the food and cocktail libations celebrate fusions that satiate your hunger and thirst.
First things first TEQUILA
And there’s plenty of it.
The sheer amount of colorful glass bottles that adorn the patio bar when you walk up is like a kaleidoscope arrival to a Tequila theme park. Antojitos boasts the biggest collection of Tequila in the area! Many are sourced from sustainable Haciendas, which specialize in ethical farm to table practices at their distilleries.
You can even try various flights of favorite Tequilas by region, tyles like Mezcal or age from distilleries like Herradura, Corralejo, and Partido.
Crave these Cocktails
Cast a spell on yourself with the Butterfly Corazon. This citrusy tequila-infused Butterfly Pea Tea goes from pink to purple when you pour in a magic elixir. This is the drink Hogwarts Alumni should definitely show off their potion skills with. One sip and its Wingardium Leviosa for your insides. Perfect after a day visiting their alma-mater next door at the Wizarding World.
If you grew up drinking Horchata as I did, there’s a drink that takes this cultural childhood favorite and fuses it with an unexpected spirit. Bourbon Horchata. BOOM! Genius. Buffalo Trace whiskey is blended in the rice milk agua fresca with vanilla and a dash of cayenne. It tastes just like Navidad in December. Your heart will grow three times before you even enter Grinchmas during the holidays at Universal Studios.
Because LA weather is so unpredictable, play it cool with the Fire and Ice. The refreshing Dulce Vida pineapple-jalapeño cocktail comes complete with a frozen pineapple paleta stick. It’s the best of both worlds for high valley temps or sweater weather.
Haunt this Happy Hour
As a Universal City adjacent neighbor, Citywalk LA is a go-to for dinner on date nights at the movie (Yay A-List!) or visiting Universal Studios all year long. During this year’s Halloween Horror Nights season we passed the time before the event at Antojitos‘ killer Happy Hour that runs during the afternoon. There’s an incredible assortment of appetizers and drinks that are such a great deal that we almost don’t want word to get out!
Seriously, margaritas like the Butterfly Corazon and cocktails like Jamaica’s Bees Knees range from $6 to $8 bucks. The beer and wine selection are only $5 per drink!
And there are fantastic appetizer options like Quesadilla, the Queso Fundido, and Carnitas Nachos, which both are big enough to share. There are also small plates such as chicharrones de pollo (think chicken poppers), some veggie options like elote and guac, and TACOS! All at price points between $4 to $10 dollars.
There’s also a good amount of veggie/vegan/GF options too on both the Happy Hour and full menu.
The Sweet Spot
Can’t leave you hanging without a word about the desserts. Yes, there are Mexican faves like flan and churros that stick to perfectly traditional recipes. We favored the churros and dip selection. There are also some fun choices like the tres leches cake (has a hint of coconut) and the rich chocolate hazelnut bar to mix things up.
Bring your Calaverita back here
In just a few short weeks, Antojitos has already made itself a staple at Citywalk LA. It’s great for dinner if you’re on your way out of Universal, a pitch-perfect pre-game spot before a night at Citywalk taking in a movie or any seasonal events like Halloween Horror Nights. It will constantly jump into mind as a stop at one of LA’s best entertainment destinations just be sure to keep it a well-kept secret!