Poolside Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles
This Spring, Chef Adrian Garcia is serving an authentic Mexican popup menu, befitting the tropical vibe at Veranda, DTLA’s urban oasis at Hotel Figueroa. Cocktelier Dushan Zaric has created an agave program that spotlights some of Mexico’s finest Tequila and Mezcal distillers and their unique takes on the craft. Mixed with house-made ingredients such as grapefruit and hibiscus cordials, and mango sangrita, the cocktails complement Chef Garcia’s cuisine. Kick back poolside and toast this season with a fresh fruit margarita or snifter of Tequila. Salud y buen provecho!
Born in Santa Ana, CA, Adrian Garcia is fondly reminiscent of growing up in a Mexican
household where his family all gathered and ate together as a social activity of sorts that
holds great cultural meaning to this day. Leaving an everlasting impression, this ignited
his passion for pursuing the culinary arts as a conduit for creating memories and
gathering people together around the table for a memorable meal. One family dish that
stands out in particular for Garcia are Enchiladas Potosinas, made by his mother and
grandmother, originating from his ancestral hometown of Peotillos, San Luis Potosi.
At 21, Garcia quit his daytime office job to go to culinary school at the Art Institute of
California in Orange County where he moonlit as a dishwasher at a vegan café. Five
years later, he was appointed Sous Chef at Red O by Rick Bayless in Newport Beach
and within a year moved up to Executive Chef. His commitment and talent did not go
unnoticed and, three years later, led him to relocate to San Diego to open the newest
Red O outpost. While leading the kitchen as Executive Chef, Garcia placed in the ‘Top
Three Chefs’ at the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival and competition with his
winning Ahi Tuna Tostadita in 2018.
Today, at the young age of 28 years, Garcia has landed the role of Executive Chef of
Veranda inside the historic Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles, serving up a
new Mexico City-inspired menu of elevated eats at their poolside eatery that is expertly
complemented with tequila tastings, sangrita flights, and other inspired tequila and
mezcal-forward drinks from Dushan Zaric. At Veranda, Garcia is creating Mexican
cuisine in a way where even the simplest taco or salsa is made with the same respect
and care that a complex mole sauce would have.
“I want my guests to come in and leave with a smile of satisfaction on their face,”
explains Garcia. “Dishes I am most excited about are our Aguachile with hamachi,
serrano lime broth, ginger, citrus segments and hoja santa oil, and Carne Brava 8oz.
flatiron steak, adobo marinade and chorizo served with fingerling potatoes.”
When not in the kitchen, Garcia runs half marathons or can be found visiting local
breweries with his beloved pit bull, Ronny.