West Hollywood always has so many surprises, and Stache is just one more of them. Its fun, lively, filled with laughter, and surprisingly good food.
Here’s what I tried:
Life on Mars, with Tequila, fresh watermelon juice, bitters, and mint. I just loved this dink; with the fresh watermelon juice it is very refreshing
Rocket Man, with Belvedere Vodka, espresso, coffee, liqueur, coconut cream. This drink is for the coffee martini lovers and it also gives you quite the jolt.
Purple Rain, Empress Gin, Prosecco, lavender liqueur, lemon, and mint. I just can’t get enough of this drink; the floral nuances are just out of this world.
Moscow Mule Smirnoff Vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice. This is a nice rendition of this ever-popular cocktail.
Calamari, Lightly breaded, Cajun spices, lemon wedge, and marinara. The calamari is tender and the breading doesn’t overwhelm you, it’s a great starter.
Brussels sprouts, with lemon, garlic, tater tots, crushed red pepper, coconut bacon, and spicy aioli. Another terrific dish for a vegan, and if you are not vegan you too will enjoy all of the marriages of flavors.
Chicken skewers, with herb marinated, BBQ, and tzatziki. The presentation is just astounding, and the flavors of the grilled chicken and tzatziki is a real Greek party in your mouth.
Burrata, with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic. The tomatoes are cut in quarters so you really get great tomato flavor in every bite, and the cheese melts down your fork.
Protein salad, with mixed greens, beyond chicken, quinoa, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, cilantro avocado salsa, pepitas, cranberries, croutons, and green goddess dressing. The beyond chicken pieces are the perfect way to eat vegan and not miss the meat, I just adored this salad.
Chicken corn and avocado salad, with greens, grilled chicken, avocado, corn, lentils, tomatoes, toasted almonds, and lemon vinaigrette. A very hearty scrumptious salad, the sweet corn makes it simply divine.
Tacos & Burgers:
Street tacos, with jackfruit, cilantro avocado salsa, Queso, pickled cabbage, chipotle, corn tortilla, add avocado. This is truly one fantastic dish, it is tasty and just the perfect vegan indulgence.
Cali burger, with a beef patty, bacon, cheddar, avocado, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and aioli. A very big burger with all the fixings and then some, just what the doctor ordered.
Bolognese Gnocchi slow cooked beef and Italian sausage, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and crostini. This is the kind of sauce your Italian Nonna would make and the Gnocchi’s are rib sticking good.
Steak frites, 8 oz. ribeye, garlic confit, fries. The steak was cooked to perfection, with its great tender texture and amazing flavor, a real winner.
Classic fries, thin, crispy, simply delicious.
Truffle fries, of course anything with truffle will delight my taste buds.
Tater tots, nice and meaty, another great potatoes side dish.
Nomadica Chardonnay, this is a great very drinkable wine that paired great with the calamari and the salads.
Nomadica Red Blend, it was served chilled and enhanced the flavors of the meat in the burger and the steak.
Calling Stache a LGBTQ restaurant is just the start; it also has a fantastic club in the back and does some very fun activities through out the week. Wednesdays is drink and draw from 6:00-9:00, figure drawing on patio. People come with their drawing pads and draw different poses. Then there is always a happening club scene after dinner. Their customers are LGBTQ, couples, and friends, mixed, young and lively. They play super fun Music: Top 40, along with club mixes.
Handsome Owner Ryan Floyd is from Alabama and he also owns 33 Taps Silver Lake, he is a seasoned restaurateur. Stache used to be Café D’ Etoile and an ice cream shop. They were up against Lisa Vanderpump – Pump and David Cooley – The Abbey to get the lease. Ryan Got approved in December 2019, then once Covid hit they had to stop all construction and not open for more than a year. Stache finally opened in Sept. 2021. The night I was their business was really booming. Everyone was enjoying his or her delicious food and drink. And did I say that everything is very affordable!
It originally opened as a Vegan spot, but very recently they added some meat items to the menu. Trying to appeal to a wider audience, in June they will be open 7 nights a week – until 2 am. I got there at 6pm, but 7:30 the place was jumping, they were showing RuPauls Drag Race finale in the back club area and it was so much fun, and so exciting. (I did order desert but they got too busy for it to be delivered, just know if you want to go eat – go early.) I actually went home and watched the whole show, to see whom the winner would be, and I am not a regular watcher of that show. But the crowd’s enthusiasm was contagious.
Stache is a great new addition to Boys Town, if I am not careful I will become a fixture in the future..lol!
Stache West Hollywood
8941 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069