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Busy Sunset Strip Lands a Swingin’ Tex-Mex Restaurant Next Month

Don’t let the cutesy name Justin Queso’s fool you; this place is going to be a brisket and flour tortilla powerhouse

An overhead bowl of cheesy nachos with beans and sour cream, on a pink table.
Justin Queso’s
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A new Tex-Mex contender is taking up residence along the famed Sunset Strip next month. The incoming Justin Queso’s takes over a space at 8917 W. Sunset Boulevard, just steps from the normally bustling Rock & Reilly’s. The space previously held a restaurant named Gorge, and (years ago) was attached to start chef Michael Voltaggio for a project — though of late the space address hasn’t been up to much.

Now comes the cheekily-named Justin Queso’s from said Rock & Reilly’s team, with plans to open on April 2. The 3,800 square foot restaurant will offer a variety of Texas-inspired dishes, from puffy tacos with airy, crispy shells like those found at Bar Ama in Downtown LA and Arturo’s in Whittier, to fajitas, enchilada, house-smoked brisket, and (naturally) four different kinds of queso. A full bar means lots of margaritas and other tequila cocktails too, plus craft beer and wine.

Reps for the restaurant tell Eater that Justin Queso’s will open next month with seating primarily along the front sidewalk and large back patio. Relaxed local restrictions now allow for reduced-capacity indoor dining as well, and in the future diners can expect cozy booths and more than a dozen indoor and outdoor TVs for catching games.

Justin Queso’s opens April 2 along the Sunset Strip, keeping hours from 11:30 a.m. to late during the week, and 9 a.m. to late on Saturday and Sunday.

Inside a Tex-Mex restaurant with booths, TVs, and Texas-themed artwork on the walls.
A well-lit sign, shown from the sky, showing a Tex-Mex restaurant, complete with neon glow.