When the nights get drearily devoid of flavor and all you crave is a hearty home-cooked meal, rush over to Salsa & Beer, 11619 Sherman Way, in North Hollywood, to soothe your belly and soul. It's everything you love about eating at Abuelita's house, enhanced by the fact that you're allowed to have a margarita (or two) without shame.
Illuminating a wide stretch of North Hollywood's industrial mecca, the restaurant is situated near the 170 freeway and the Bob Hope Airport, making it fairly easy to reach by most of the San Fernando Valley. Perhaps this is why the place is always packed with hungry patrons yearning for the vibrant cuisine of Jerez Zacatecas, and friends and families waiting to have a great time.
The menu at Salsa & Beer has enough delicious regional options to make even the heartiest eater dizzy. The fajitas combo comes so packed with flavor that you can smell the tender steak, juicy chicken, sizzling shrimp, and abundance of vegetables throughout the whole restaurant; it’ll make you jealous of whoever ordered it before you.
The carnitas flautas are crispy rolled tortillas stuffed with incredibly juicy pork, topped with fresh pico de gallo, and a heap of guacamole and sour cream. The spicy green burrito is a fan favorite: chock full of grilled chicken and cheese, the whole dish is doused in a homemade green sauce and served with a side of beans and rice. You might have leftovers for the next two days…or you might not. Your belly has been warned.
We haven’t yet tried the molcajete, a specialty regional dish consisting of a spicy sauce mixed with one of six different kinds of meat. It’s served on a skillet still sizzling hot and promises hefty amounts of flavor. Know that, if you do have a chance to order it, you’ll have your friends hovering close by asking for a bite to try.
Perhaps the best part about Salsa & Beer is that many of the menu’s options come in under the $10 mark, making this the perfect place for different kinds of crowds. The cheese enchilada combination, for one, arrives happily in your belly with rice and beans for $4.99.
If you’re staying for that prized margarita, Salsa & Beer’s drinks menu has covered nearly every flavor you’ve ever thought of. The mango blended option is a treat, but if you’re in the mood for a chilly beer, the restaurant’s beer options are varied and excellent, ranging from domestic to some of Mexico’s finest.
Has Salsa & Beer got your mouth watering yet? Head over to one of the restaurant’s two locations in Southern California, in North Hollywood and Lake Balboa. On the go on the East Coast? Asheville, North Carolina has a spot, too. Don’t forget to invite us along!