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Zocalo Cocian Mexicana is a fast and friendly neighborhood restaurant. They feature authentic and delicious Mexican food based on the culinary traditions of Oaxaca and Veracruz. They prepare each dish individually, using only the freshest available produce. Visit zocalobackbay.com for more information.
Oyamal Cocina Mexicana has been bringing Mexico’s rich regional diversity with a swirl of modern urban atmosphere of its national capital to the DC Penn Quarter since 2007. With a lively dining room decorated by colorful masks and butterfly mobiles, the restaurant further compliments its originality with a creative menu and cocktail list.
Oyamel is the only place in town that serves insects, as well as, upscale Mexican specialties. Try some grasshopper tacos if you are feeling adventurous. If not, try the antitijitos, traditional snacks or small plates, with guacamole, made fresh tableside.
Shh… Oyamel often collaborates with other partners such as the Wooly Mammoth Theatre or hosts mescal and tequila tastings – check their website for more details!
A good, down home Cantina where diners can choose from favorites like the freshly made guacamole, the queso dip and tacos made with everything from barbecue chicken and bacon, lettuce and tomato to fried fish and Philly cheesesteak. Margaritas go perfectly with everything on the menu. The eatery also hosts live music and trivia. Visit the website at tinlizzyscantina.com .
Tin Lizzy’s is located at:
Buckhead: 3639 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-846-6000
Grant Park: 415 Memorial Dr Atlanta, GA 30312, 404-554-8220
Midtown: 1136 Crescent Avenue Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-537-5060
Perimeter: 121 Perimeter Center West Atlanta, GA 30346, 470-514-1050
Emory Point: 1540 Avenue Place Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-537-5355
Distrito serves modern Mexican food in a fun and quirky environment – Pepto-Bismol pink walls and VW bugs as booths to be exact. Located in University City among three of Philadelphia’s major universities, Distrito is always packed with the young and young at heart that are ready to have a good time. And Chef Jose Garces (of Top Chef and Philadelphia restaurant fame) is ready all the time for the taco-loving crowds: Distrito is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, lunch 5 days a week and dinner 7 nights a week.
The first floor bar and tequila lounge serves a fun cantina menu, full of all different types of tacos, enchiladas and especialidades, then when served alongside a house specialty margarita, you are good to go. For the heavier appetite or a night out with friends, it’s best to get a table and be prepared to share. All of the dishes are based on traditional Mexican ingredients but modernized – like the Fish Tacos with yellowtail, chipotle remoulade, avocado, red cabbage and lime juice, or the Skirt Steak Nachos with refried beans and queso mixto.
Tasting menus are also always available, with tequila pairings, which are not recommended for the faint of heart.
A New York institution since 1984, Rosa Mexicano turns wimpy tacos into bold, flavorful Flautas de Pollo, making South of the Border food upscale and gourmet cuisine. Starting the tableside guacamole service trend that has exploded across America, Rosa Mexicano is the end all, be all to authentic, modern Mexican cuisine that only New York can make seriously trendy and stylish.
Rosa Mexicano is best known for its signature pomegranate margaritas, but seasoned diners (and drinkers!) know to go for a fresh cocktail made from any of the 100 tequilas stocked behind the bar. One such favorite is the Paloma: a tequila and grapefruit soda cocktail.
The impressive interiors of New York’s two newest Rosa Mexicano outposts (Lincoln Center and Union Square) were designed by David Rockwell and feature electric-blue tiled water walls. But for that old-school Mexicana, all three of its NYC restaurants feature the award-winning tableside prepared guacamole that is not to be missed. In fact, it should be ordered before even cracking open the menu. It is made in the traditional lava-rock mortar and is well worth the $14 price tag. The rest of the menu is a journey into new territory of elevated, elegant Mexican dining from the Filete con Hongos (Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms) to the Jaiba Enchiladas (Jumbo Lump Crab Enchiladas).
Insider’s Tip: Make reservations early for a prime-time table. All three Manhattan locations get crowded and waiting for a table at the bar is not really an option due to the popular reputation of those pomegranate margaritas.