Lucha Verde

1326 Davie St.

Vancouver Magazine - - Taste - luchaverde.com Anicka Quin

Lolita’s was one of those trea­sured West End in­sti­tu­tions that, thanks to a few own­er­ship and man­age­ment changes, be­came a lit­tle less trea­sured over time. So to put an­other Mex­i­can restau­rant into the same bustling nar­row space is as risky as a luchador en­ter­ing the ring with­out be­ing prop­erly oiled up. But there’s a twist: the “verde” in its name hints at its all-veg (and bonus: gluten-free) fare. It’s a tight menu—about a dozen op­tions, from ex­cel­lent, crispy chick­pea frit­ters dot­ted with house-made queso fresco and lime crema to salty, spicy achiote cau­li­flower tacos topped with or­ange salsa and toasted pump­kin seed purée. It’s a lo­cals vibe—which isn’t a bad thing—and cock­tails (de­cently priced at around $10) are per­fect for warm­ing up af­ter a sea­wall stroll.—

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