I didn't know anything about it really except a couple of people had mentioned that they were trying to do something more upscale than your standard crap-Mex place. The sign out front said "Gourmet Mexican Cuisine," pretty unusual for our market. I took it as a good sign that of the two occupied tables when we arrived, one was an 8-top of Mexican laborers who looked mostly to be eating big bowls of posole. The interior, though sparsely decorated, is much better looking than a typical hole in the wall.
The menu that we were given is markedly different from the run-of-the-mill carbon copy menu that all the other Mexican joints in town serve. It consists of a single page with appetizers and soups in the left column, "rellenos," fillings for tacos, burritos, sopes, and the like in the middle column, and a short list of somewhat unusual entrees on the right. After this was a drink list and the third page was a short wine list, a dozen offerings from a local distributor. Kudos to them for trying to serve wine, though I didn't see any takers.
We started with drinks, a Negra Modelo for me and margaritas all around. The first thing we noticed was that the margaritas came in nice-looking glasses and were clearly made from fresh juice and garnished with a chile seco. Negra is always a good standby beer for me. The menu offered Laughing Dog's Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA, a huge favorite of mine, but at about 10% alcohol and served only in bomber-sized 22-ouncers, it was more than I wanted to bite off on a night where I needed my wits about me to dodge all the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.
|Negra Modelo, Always Reliable|
|Nice Margarita, Nice Glass|
|Nice Chip Presentation|