Leña is a “Latin American inspired upscale, casual restaurant with a fun, vibrant atmosphere, focused on sharing and communal dining” — and it’s a must-try. Admittedly, it can be a little expensive outside of happy hour, but it also lives up to its description of “upscale” (you don’t come here looking for cheap Mexican street tacos). I would highly recommend getting here during happy hour, and sticking around for dinner. The cocktails are fantastic and the food is creative and bursting with flavor (definitely try some grilled dishes from their signature wood-fired white oak grill).
The Happy Hour
Happy Hour runs Sun-Thu 5pm-6pm and Fri/Sat 4pm-6pm. Margaritas, sangria, and wine are $5 — and well drinks and drafts are $4. You can also get small bites for $3-$7, and you should definitely do so. I highly recommend the goat tacos (if they have them on special), as well as the chicken empanadas (they also have vegetarian ones if that’s your thing). The empanadas (below) are only $3 and definitely some of my favorites around town.
The goat tacos ($3.50) are a must-try. It’s not quite a pile of goat meat like you can get at Work & Class, but it’s still delicious.
The “Pulpo a la Brasa de Roble” is a beautiful, tender octopus with potatoes and corn. It was definitely one of my favorite things here (although a little pricy at $18).
The “Camarones y Semola” is Leña’s take on shrimp and grits. I think it could use a little more spice, but it’s certainly tender and buttery. (I believe this has now been replaces with “Camarones y Chorizo” on the new menu.)
BEST VALUE: By far, the best decision we made was to get the “Mixto” — which is essentially a mixed meat platter (sorry vegetarians!). The “small” is $36 and should be good for 3-4 people (the large is $72). You might want to get some extra side veggies. Or not. I won’t judge. My favorite thing on the platter was actually the blood sausage — or Morcilla (which was spicy and F’in amazing). You can even order that on it’s own for $14. I don’t think I’d order the chorizo here on its own, but the short rib and steak were bomb.
AWESOMENESS OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Side of “Pan de Yuca” for $4. I don’t know what it is, but I could eat these fluffy puffs all night (and maybe I did).