Tocaya Organica, the organic Mexican food chain sweeping L.A., continues its Westside domination, with a new location planned in Playa Vista.
Taking over the space that the ill-fated casual chicken concept Chicken or Egg occupied for several months, the restaurant’s branded can now be seen on the storefront, just one week after the opening of their Santa Monica location on Wilshire and 4th.
The Playa Vista location is set to open on June 30th.
Tocaya’s mission of ‘Modern Organic Mexican’ cuisine, with a foundation in traditional recipes amplified by local and sustainable ingredients, is popular and fast-growing. Inclusive of Santa Monica, the chain has four current locations, with planned additions in Playa Vista, Hollywood, Westwood, Century City and San Diego.
Popular dishes include their Fajitas Del Rey bowl – a blissful blend of rice, beans, peppers and meat WITH a ‘Make it a Muscle’ option available, thank you – their soyrizo tacos, and guacamole, here served with plantain chips – take it from me, not an easy find on the Left Coast.
Tocaya should find a welcome home in Silicon Beach, with Yahoo, YouTube, ad agency 72andSunny and half a dozen New Media companies all within a square block of the restaurant. And that’s to say nothing of the colossal Brickyard office building across the street, whose first tenants, the Loyola Marymount School of Film & Television, are slated to move in in June.
With the only other strong Mexican option in the area, Deborah Schneider’s Sol Cocina, justifiably swarming most days and hours, Tocaya should also offer a welcome distribution of wealth for Playa Vista locals and visitors alike. Provided we’re spared too many college students, of course. And granted margaritas.
July 13 Update: Tocaya Playa open and reporting great lunchtime traffic, but light evening numbers as liquor license is pending. Pro: license (and margs) expected to come; con: expect evening crowd to get nuts in a hurry.
12150 Millennium Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90094