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Eat Mexican! Drink “Russian Water!” on October 4, National Taco & Vodka Day

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(Gerry Furth-Sides) October 4 is National Taco Day!  October 4 is National Vodka Day!  Celebrate at five of our favorite restaurants in town.

This National Taco Day on October 4, head to Casita Del Campo, celebrating 55 years, and offering all Tacos on the menu for $2.00 all day and night.

Carnitas Tacos are prepared with a secret slow braised recipe and served with fresh pico de gallo and house-made guacamole,

In addition to Classic Chicken, Beef and  Potato Tacos, the chef introduces the Fried Avocado Taco filled with shredded lettuce and cheese, topped with any one of their signature homemade salsas.  

Pair any taco with a drink from the bar. Guava Margarita is “juiced”with fresh guava fruit picked right from the owner’s garden.

Casita Del Campo Party, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Silver Lake, CA 90027; 323.662.4255; www.casitadelcampo.net


Red O Melrose and Red O Santa Monica serves $3 Tacos all day and all night for just $3.00.

The Red O signature Street Tacos, features the Carnitas Tacos with cilantro-lime yogurt, chipotle purée, radish and green Mexican knob onions.  The  Crispy Style Short Rib Tacos with roasted tomato-serrano sauce, onions, cilantro, Monterrey Jack cheese and potato chips.

Corporate Executive Chef Marc Johnson is known for his unique and delicious approach to classics and his Street Tacos are no exception.

Red O Melrose National Taco  hours: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.655.5009; www.RedORestaurant.com


Red O Santa Monic in Santa Monica overlooking the ocean: 3:00 pm to 12:00 am; 1541 Ocean Avenue, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.458.1600;www.RedORestaurant.com


At THE RAYMOND 1886, inspired Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan prepares a succulent  Suckling Pig Tacos Al Pastor made with pineapple, avocado and salsa roja.

Pair these delectable Tacos with any one of 1886 Bar’s news mezcal creations, such as the Woody Woodpecker made with Vida Mezcal, Angostura & Peychaud’s Bitters, cedar syrup and a double citrus peel. Now that is a National Taco Day done right!


The Raymond 1886 will be open on National Taco Day, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for Lunch and from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for dinner.1886 Bar will be open from 4:00 pm until 12:00 Midnight; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.TheRaymond.com


National Vodka Day on October 4

Vodka is a drink that originated in Eastern Europe, the name stemming from the Russian word ‘voda’ meaning water or, as the Poles would say ‘woda’.  The first identifiable Polish vodkas appeared in the 11th century when they were called ‘gorzalka’, originally used as medicines. For a detailed, full history, please see: http://www.ginvodka.org/history/vodkaHistory.asp

For the best view in town over the ocean, head to Marina Del Rey Hotel, where “Russian Water” rules  the bar on October 4th.   Special cocktails for the day (with ingredients) include:

 The Captain:

2oz house infused cucumber vodka

1Ž2 oz house ginger honey

3Ž4 oz lime juice

Shake, Strain, pour over large rock



Passion Flower

2oz vodka

1Ž2 oz elderflower liquor

1Ž2 oz lime juice

1Ž2 oz passion fruit puree

3Ž4 oz agave


(photo courtesy of The Marina Del Rey Hotel)

SALT Restaurant  at The Marina Del Rey Hotel, (http://www.marinadelreyhotel.com) is located in the airy, easily accessible, modern oceanfront property with sparkling views of the marina.

Marina del Rey Hotel; 13534 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292



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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.