REVIEW: Kalaveras Cantina Urbana

Whizzles, fireworks, laughs and old school reggaeton music play under an array of colorful neon lights reflect the vibe of a restaurant where it feels like it is someone’s birthday everyday. 

And that is because Kalabareas creates a welcoming culturally authentic atmosphere with home made food and traditional drinks. 

A new location in North Hollywood on Lankershim Boulevard Kalaveras offers Mexican cuisine with a combination of different cocktails and ahumado(smoked) drinks, takes guests’ taste buds on a trip to a Mexico City ‘’cantina urbana.’’ With textured walls mixed with vibrant colorful lights, roses and graffiti display the art of Chicano artists, such as Frida Kahlo.

At the entrance, the host provides information for the happy hours and special beverages offered. The restaurant is known for the quality and variety of Mexican dishes and the friendly prices of the different selection of alcoholic drinks. It offers an extended menu that goes from ‘’Agua chiles’’ that cost $22 and include shrimp, cucumber, avocado and tostadas, to ‘’Pasta a la diabla,’’ which comes with two pieces of melted cheese garlic bread accompanied by chicken and a creamy chipotle sauce.

When the food gets to the table smoke is still coming off  the plates.

 The fresh cooked meat fills in your stomach as your appetite expands.

The servers take the time to explain the dishes that are brought up when ordering and are patient and friendly.

The taco bar is $3.50 per taco on Tuesdays and Margarita specials are $4.99 Monday through Thursdays.

The variety of food goes from sushi rolls that cost $22, tacos that are $3.50 Tuesdays through Thursdays, to burritos mojados that cost $13, barbacoa and enchiladas verdes for $26 and the famous Molcajete that is $45 and can be shared for two.

They offer a variety of pastries and one of the most requested is Flan de casa and Churro sandwich and the prices are $12 and $9.

On Mondays, margaritas are $9, Tuesdays they have micheladas for $9 and Wednesdays they have any mezcal cocktail drinks for $9. They have different options for happy hours from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. They also offer a Sunday buffet with bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Reservations are not required and walk-ins are accepted, and the restaurant hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On weekends, they are  open at 10 a.m. for brunch specials. There is a different room used for birthdays and private parties that need to be reserved in advance.

The restaurant offers a very unique familiar interaction within the guests as people move their heads to the sound of the music and children dance as they enjoy their food.