It has come to my attention that I haven't been talking about burgers half as much as I should be. Though I am not yet back in London, the best of the 'Burger Seasons' has begun and it would be against my best judgement if I didn't give a delicious shout out to what I consider to be the best burger joint in town, Guerilla Burgers.
All I needed to hear when reading a little review in a magazine on a few new London restaurants was 'burgers and margaritas'. Shut up. If I could get away with eating and drinking one thing for the rest of my life without being accused of being a fat drunk would be burgers and margaritas. And the first time I made my way into the quirky cool doors of Guerilla Burgers, I totally fell in love.
The music is great (but loud, get over it). The servers are so friendly you forget at times that they aren't actually old friends of yours. The atmosphere is chilled out. And the food and drinks...ohhhhh the food and drinks :) There is an amazing list of burgers which you can choose either beef, turkey or chicken burgers, as well as some vegetarian options that could change a carnivore in a hot minute. My personal fav? Cheddar BLT Burger with sweet potato fries and MARGARITA JUG. And if you're feeling saucy? There is a brownie sundae situation that is nothing to turn your nose up at...
And they don't just do burgers, so those of you who have a different taste, there are hot dogs, fish tacos and great salads. Listen, just get down there and have a great night out. If it's a date or a big group of friends, you're going to have a great time, I promise.
On a recent visit to NYC, my Cali friend and I decided that since I did not get to sample any Mexican food on my visit out there last month, we should give it a go on the East Coast. Through a very random online search, we stumbled across Ofrenda and what a happy chance meeting it was :)
Right in the West Village, Ofrenda offers not only amazing food and some of the friendliest service I've had on this side of the pond, but also fantastic people watching and an even better margarita. So let's start with that. A mango margarita on the rocks. You will never have anything more refreshing and delicious. The fresh guacamole to start was delish and the waitress very kindly brought us more tortilla chips when she saw we may be running a bit low (we're greedy, whatever).
For a main, I tucked into scallops with a sweet potato puree and asparagus. The only way I can review it is by telling you this...while everyone else around the table was being nice and letting each other sample the food, I spent the main course with my head down focusing on nothing but the world that my scallops and I existed in...and the mango margarita, of course.
We opted to skip dessert (weird for us, I know) but I could have stayed there all night. The front of the restaurant was completely open to the street, the cocktails were out of this world and the food...oh man. So if you're in NYC and looking for a nice, casual dinner and don't mind a bit of tequila, make sure to check out Ofrenda. STAMP OF APPROVAL.
I'm hungover. Very hungover. I am not to blame for this situation. The Cinco de Mayo party thrown by the house I am staying at had a margarita machine. A machine full of tequila that was almost as much fun to pour from as it was to drink takes full responsibility for my current state of distress.
Disclaimer: I am going to try and be witty and creative with the next couple of posts I am putting up but the chance of failure is reasonably high.