Topanga Canyon is known for it’s laid-back, cowboy/hippy vibe. Even though it’s not far from LA, it’s a world apart. For the first weekend of 2014, we headed to Topanga State Park on a 6.6 mile hike with a visit to the iconic Eagle Rock. After hiking, we were in search of something tasty for lunch. And what could be better than a cold beverage and good Mexican food? Abuelitas fit the bill perfectly.
We grabbed a table on the outdoor patio and settled in for a well-earned lunch.
Chips and salsa and drinks, oh my!
First came the obligatory chips and salsa. We’re both going easy on the carbs for the new year, and somehow I managed to refrain from gobbling the entire basket of chips. They were good — perfectly salted. The salsa was just average. No real heat or anything remarkable.
Next the drinks. I opted for a Firestone Union Jack IPA ($5) while Joan got the Skinny Margarita ($7). The IPA was good, and the margarita exceptional. I’m not sure why anyone get’s a “normal” margarita with it’s too-sweet syrup when the fresh-squeezed lime juice, silver tequila and a touch of agave syrup makes a much more authentic and satisfying drink.
Joan ordered the Mole Shredded Chicken Burrito ($10.95) as a bowl. She chose the black beans vs. refried. The verdict? Muy delicioso.
I ordered the Raulitas Shredded Savory Pork (Carnitas) with refried pinto beans and corn tortillas ($13.95). It came with a green tomatillo sauce, but the pork stood well on its own.
The Bottom Line
The total for lunch for the two of us with drinks, tax and tip came to $48. If you’re hiking or just visiting Topanga, it’s a solid choice for Mexican food. It’s not fancy. It’s not exotic. But it’s just about the perfect after-hike lunch.