""Do you wanna ride in my Mercedes boy?"" The answer is...absolutely! Mercede's Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. It truly is a hidden gem, 50 feet away from the Pacific Ocean. I have been eating here for five years, and I have never had a bad experience. ( And I don't work there, to shut all you haters up.) I came here on Friday, November 24th, 2006 on my birthday with a good friend of mine, and we had an amazing dinner experience there. We were greeted by their friendly manager and our server Alex who was great. Our busser was extremely friendly and immediately brought over a fresh warm loaf of bread with an herbed garlic butter spread. My friend and I ordered a flask of sangria, still the best sangria in town. We started our night with the unique appetizer called the ""bartolito."" Which is sweet fried plantians accompanied with black beans, cheese, and their delicious picadillo (cuban ground beef) Now I've had picadillo in Miami, New York, and at Versailles, and Mercedes has the best picadillo. A lot of the food stems from latin and asian influences which quickly make me think of Asia De Cuba. But for a third of the price, and for equal value. My entree came accompanied with a candle, we broke in laughter. I had the delicious bistec serape, which is a steak stuffed with bacon, feta cheese, and spinach, absolutely mouth watering and yummy. We were then treated with a small chocolate drink from our stunning bartender. For dessert we had this huge chocolate cake which came with my second candle. How great, I got to make two wishes in one dinner. I was then treated with a ""reading,"" by our awesome server Alex. To my suprise he was on point with what he had to tell me. If you are looking for a unique and noncorporate restaurant experience, try out Mercedes' Grille, after your meal, you can take a stroll on the beach.
Pros: The food is so good. Steps from the beach. Nice & Ecclectic staff.
Cons: Free parking is a block away.