As you walk through the XOC Tequila Grill patio, mist cascading gently from above, freshly made tacos in hand and your fourth margarita of the day within sight, you leave LA for moment. You’re at a beachside cantina off the coast of Cabo, energetic conversations around you blending together to form an orchestra of white noise that keeps up the energy without becoming overwhelming. This mist continues to refresh, the tacos keep coming, and of course so do the margaritas…this isn’t just brunch, this is an escape.
Made-to-order south of the border specialties are a game-changer at XOC Tequila Grill. Dedicated service staff pump out chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, four types of street tacos and much more from an outdoor stand that playfully emulates the taco carts roaming around LA. They certainly don’t skimp on the meat, piling on rich al pastor, carnitas, carne asada and chicken on command.
Of course, in true brunch fashion, XOC Tequila Grill’s made-to-order repertoire boasts omelets with all the American classics…but let’s be serious you want that al pastor in an omelet too. Add waffles and pancakes to the list, piled with fresh berries, chocolate chips and oh-so-good caramel sauce. You’ll also find your bacon, sausage, potatoes and other fixings, plus of course the necessary rice and beans, red and green chicken enchiladas, assorted fruit and even seared tuna.
Bottomless champagne, mimosas and of course margaritas are a huge sell, bringing in hoards of Angelinos and making for very entertaining conversation as late morning drifts into early afternoon…for all you know, some of they could still be rallying from the night before. In any case, the mood remains excellently balanced between fun and relaxed, with attentive service staff making sure your glass never empties.
XOC Tequila Grill is located at 6316 N Topanga Canyon Blvd Suite 1110, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Open 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon – Thurs, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. Weekend brunch is $24/person, bottomless mimosas and margaritas an additional $16.50/person. For more information call (818) 992-7930 or visit XOC Tequila Grill online.
Benjamin Brown is a seasoned restaurant writer and hospitality consultant, serving up SoCal's hottest food news and reviews.