Te’Kila in the Valley

According to legend, tequila was discovered when a bolt of lightning struck a crop of agaves, causing a fire that released a honey that caught the attention of the native people. Fermented, the honey had both relaxing powers and could incite euphoria. The indigenous people considered this drink to be an elixir of the gods.

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Te’Kila, Sherman Oaks celebrates this spirit that carries a mythical past. In 2016, the valley outpost of Te’Kila took over the legendary Stanley’s on Ventura Boulevard. With over 150 varieties of tequila and mezcal, as well as an inspired cocktail menu, Te’Kila is a great place to meet friends for after work or late night drinks. The restaurant is generous with happy hours, Monday through Friday, 3-7 pm, all day Sunday, and late nights, Monday through Thursday, 10 pm – 12 am.  But there’s much more.

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The menu at Te’Kila is classic SoCal Mexican with a healthy twist, plenty of dishes that are amenable for vegetarians, as well as carnivores. Many of the dishes are centered around the kitchen’s housemade corn tortillas, prepared with yellow, blue, or white corn.

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There’s definitely a neighborhood appeal to Te’Kila. It’s the kind of place with regulars but always welcoming to newcomers. In Los Angeles tradition, there’s a Sunday brunch with dishes like chilaquiles and posole. Four days a week, the restaurant offers specials. There’s Margarita Mondays; Taco Tuesdays; and Fajita Thursdays, as well as Sunday Funday. The restaurant and its lounge, Rita’s, host special events, tequila tastings, live music, comedy nights and more. Details are available on the Rita’s Instagram.

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Favorite Drinks

The Te’kila Margarita: Fresh lime juice, agave nectar, 100% blue agave tequila blanco, premium Triple Sec. Add fresh fruit for a surcharge. Also available as a pitcher or gigante.

Avocado Margarita: with tequila blanco, avocado, cilantro, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, agave

Tequila flights

The Hennchata: Housemade horchata — topped with a mini bottle of Hennessy VS

 

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Favorite Foods:

Ceviche: Fresh chopped cod with fresh squeezed lime juice, tomato, cucumbers, red radish, green onion, avocado, and plantain chips

Plaintain Tostones wiith guacamole, roasted, corn, cotija cheese

Esquites with roasted corn, tajin, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese

Queso Dip with housemade queso

Sonora Chopped Salad

Tacos: Baja shrimp or cod, al pastor, carne asada, chicken tinga, carnitas and vegetarian options including soyrizo and cauliflower

Housemade corn tortillas

Shrimp Diablo

Burritos with refried beans, spanish rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, roasted jalapeno. Add chicken, steak, shrimp, grilled salmon or vegan chicken.

Fajitas with carne asada, chicken, shrimp or vegan chicken

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Te’Kila Sherman Oaks

13817 Ventura Blvd.

Sherman Oaks, California

(818) 986-4623

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