Tucked behind a medical spa on Riverside Blvd in Toluca Lake is an old Spanish-style house that has been converted into Cascabel Restaurant. If you are driving down the street, you will not notice this restaurant but it is a special little find in Toluca Lake.
Cascabel means "rattle" and is the name that is used for both a venomous South American rattlesnake and for a type of Mexican chili. Perhaps both are behind the name of Chef Alex Eusebio's restaurant. Dark wooden beams, light wood tables with turquoise accents and white walls with a large rattlesnake drawn throughout, convert the former house into an cozy, inviting restaurant.
Remember playing spin the bottle as a child and wondering who the bottle would land on? Perhaps it was the person you had a crush on. Perhaps it was not. As grown-ups now, I like the idea of Spin the Bottle Wine Studio in Toluca Lake. You may never know what bottles will be open on the day that you go, but at least you can pick the bottle of wine you want try. Or let them pick the bottle for you!
Spin The Bottle Wine Studio is owned by Doug LaGambina (partner/investor of Hollywood’s Wood & Vine) with partner Scott Kay (principal at Vine Street Partners and partner at Wood & Vine). It is a wine bar and retail shop that features a cultivated list of imported and domestic small production wines.