Prolific restaurateur Stephen Starr created El Vez as his ninth restaurant. The restaurant, bar and lounge draws its inspiration from a modern interpretation of Mexican-American pop culture. With its surroundings incorporating everything from "Day of the Dead" motifs and assorted kitschy Mexican accents, to its homage to '70s Latin Cha Cha sensation Charo, and the authentic Chicano low-rider bicycle rotating from above the bar, El Vez may perhaps add up to Starr's most eye-catching and far out interior to date. In designing the place, Starr tried to achieve a gritty East L.A. meets a Tijuana Taxi vibe. From beneath a Las Vegas style sign, proudly pointing the way in, to the dining area's low-rider inspired button-tufted velvet upholstered booths, guests at El Vez embark upon a dining experience like none other anywhere in the world. El Vez's Latin menu offers guests the option to dine on light fare while enjoying a drink after work or indulge with a full meal. A few of the signature entradas include: Guacamole prepared tableside with fresh corn chips and salsa roja; Open Faced Shrimp Quesadilla with panela cheese and pasilla chile sauce; and Mexican Pizza. Platos Principales include: Turkey Mole with white rice, refired beans, tomato-jalapeno salsa and flour tortillas; Red Snapper Enchiladas with poblano cream and crema fresca, radish and cotija cheese; and Spit Roasted Chicken, over poblano cornbread with ancho chicken chile relleno. The specialty drink menu at El Vez includes festive cocktails and thirst quenching margaritas, shaken tableside. A few house specialties are: Blue Suede Zapatos Margarita, silver tequila and Bols Blue; Frozen Prickly Pear, gold tequila, triple sec and cactus pear; Vez Long Island Iced Tea, the usual suspects plus sour orange and Mexican Hibiscus on the rocks; and Otono Mexicano; gold tequila, Grand Marnier, hot coffee, whipped cream with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.