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Review: Tocaya Organica serves nutritious Mexican food, showcases Los Angeles culture

The small details in the interior of Tocaya Organica, such as the white tiles and potted plants, help create an overall aesthetic look for the restaurant.

Photo credit: Liz Haltrecht

The small details in the interior of Tocaya Organica, such as the white tiles and potted plants, help create an overall aesthetic look for the restaurant.

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After Westfield Century City’s recent re-opening, the mall now offers a wide variety of new restaurants. Liz Haltrecht ’19 will be writing a series of articles reviewing new eateries located at Century City.

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Health and Mexican food are extremely prevalent in Los Angeles. So it comes as no surprise that Tocaya Organica, a restaurant serving Mexican food (a Los Angeles favorite) and promoting health, is a delicious success.

With locations across Los Angeles and San Diego, Tocaya Organica serves a variety of healthier Mexican options. From salads to tacos, the restaurant has it all. The eatery describes its style of cuisine as “modern, organic Mexican.” According to the website, it strives to to use sustainable and natural ingredients in all meals.

I visited the Century City location and loved the aesthetic of the eatery, specifically the furnishing of white couches and interesting gold light fixtures. I really love the hip and modern yet homey ambiance of Tocaya Organica. The restaurant looks like a stereotypical West Los Angeles Instagram page come to life.

When I went to the restaurant, I ordered the taco combo, which consists of a drink, two tacos and two sides for $11.95. This deal is a good price for the amount of food you get.

For my combo, I ordered two tacos: one Barrio style with tofu and one Cali Green with pea protein. I added vegan mozzarella to both and got a side of rice and beans. For my drink, I ordered the St. Tropez iced tea. I really liked how customizable the meal because I could try two different styles of taco and protein.

The tacos were delicious and the perfect portion. Everything I ordered tasted fresh, organic and natural. I really liked the pea protein and felt that it was a unique and delicious meat substitution. I usually find Mexican food to be quite heavy and loved how light but still filling the food was.

The flexibility of the restaurant makes it a great choice if you are a picky eater or have dietary restrictions. As a non-meat-eater, I really loved all the options and knew that my friends could happily eat meat while I stuck with my own diet.

This restaurant is considered to be a more casual and quick experience, as you order food at the counter and seat yourself. However, I found that that the food took time to make. If you are looking for a super quick meal I would not recommend visiting the restaurant.

I would definitely go back to Tocaya Organica as I greatly enjoyed my experience at the restaurant. If you are looking for a delicious and healthy Mexican meal, this is the place to go. I think it is also a great spot to bring visitors, as it showcases a classic West Los Angeles health-oriented restaurant and the delicious Mexican food the city has to offer.

Tocaya Organica is located at Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, and is open from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. every day.

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Summary

Tocaya Organica is a Mexican restaurant with core values of health and natural ingredients. It serves a variety of foods ranging from tacos to bowls.

About the Contributor
Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

Liz Haltrecht joined the Oracle staff in 2016 and remained a contributing writer in 2017. She is so excited to take on the role of Culture Editor in the 2018-2019 school year. In her free time, she loves to travel with her family and spend time with her friends. In school, she is a member of the Gallery program and the Ambassador program. Outside of school, she volunteers weekly at the Lifespan Psychological Center and is a Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador. 

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