North St. Mary's latest restaurant and bar, La Botanica (2911 N. St. Mary's) opened to hordes of hungry, hungry vegetarians, vegans and vegetable fans this past Friday. The eatery is launching dinner hours starting this Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The menu is simple enough for now. You'll find a changing cast of dishes including a ceviche huehuecoyotl with oyster mushrooms, hearts of palm and avocado ($6-$10), a taco plate with choice of corn and nopales or Doña Delia's verduras enchipotladas with black beans and salad; or an empanada plate with corn maque choux with a side of red beans and salad, or black bean with a side of platanos asados (grilled plantains) and a summer salad. The late night menu features $2 tacos.
On the drink front, happy hour includes boli shots and cocktails such as a jalapeño margarita. Brunch, with its own set of drinks include a Rosa Maria sangria, Bloody St. Mary, pepino blanco and a sangria meets mimosa "sanmosa." You can get your brunch on every second and fourth Sunday of the month.