Last night at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, Timothy Hollingsworth, former chef de cuisine at The French Laundry, previewed his yet-to-named taco concept at the hotel's courtyard, with fried shrimp and slow-roasted pork tacos passed around. Hollingsworth also served tacos al pastor, though there was no spit: everything was prepared on a steel-top grill. There were also mounds of Mexican-style "street corn" loaded with spices and grated cheese, as well as molcajetes of mixed shellfish ceviche. And the best part might have been the variety of thick, hefty salsas that belie the watery type normally offered at taco spots. It's all part of Hollingsworth's new fast-casual restaurant that will be in the vein of Chipotle, but based more on tacos than burritos.
At the moment, Hollingsworth is looking at launching multiple units in areas like West LA, West Hollywood, and Downtown. The concept's development is an on-going process, but on a late Sunday evening, it didn't matter to dozens of revelers downing spicy cucumber margaritas and Mexican beer.
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