Using my three years of high school Spanish I remembered the word Loteria meant game. It's great, the knowledge we retain from high school. I'm still not positive if
one train leaves the station traveling at 30 mph and another trian leaves a half hour later at 50 mph when they will meet. One thing I am sure of though, is that I have visitted Loteria Grill in the Farmer's Market and enjoyed the regional Mexican specialties,
I did not realize that there was another right in the Westlake Promenade. Being that it was about 104 degrees today, and that we just had to check out the brand new Target off of Lindero Canyon ("Danger, Will Robinson...danger!") we decided we
needed lunch too. We started off with a cold glass of homemade lemonade ($2.95). Made fresh daily, the drink is sweet and tart at the same time, but ultimately refreshing. Salsa and chips are a welcome starter and there's plenty of them. We like the homemade
smoky chipotle pepper sauce ($.95). We enjoyed a Quesadilla ($8 )with Oaxaca and jack cheese, flour tortillas, fresh guacamole, and pico de gallo. Of course we added the marinated chicken ($2.50) which made it even better! In case anyone was
wondering what Oaxaca cheese is; I'd never leave you in the dark. First off, let's pronounce it correctly: (wah-hah-kah), then know it comes wound in a knot. Named after a part of southern Mexico, this semi-hard cheese is much like an unaged Jack cheese.
Feel better informed? Good! We also tried the Nachos. ($8) This plate was huge and included fresh corn tortilla chips, black beans, pico de gallo, Jack cheese, tomatillo salsa, onion, and cilantro. We added sour cream and the garlicky shredded beef ($6).
I don't know how they make this beef but it is truly outstanding! Service is friendly, and the 50-seat establishment does get full, but you can always eat outside. Loteria! Grill 180 Promenade Way Westlake Village (805) 379-1800 M-F 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Sat/Sun 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Recommended Dishes: Quesadilla, Nachos, Pan Seared Shrimp with Garlic, Shredded Beef in any dish, salsas, tacos.