There’s a new restaurant/bar on Broadway, just south of 5th Street. It’s called Mezcalero… and it’s awesome. DTLAexplorer was excited to get invited to preview the menu before the official grand opening on Friday. The place specializes in all things Mezcal and Tacos… and they do it right!
As soon as we sat down, we were brought chips, guacamole and the best margarita I have had in DTLA… correction: the best margarita I have had in the United States! So often margaritas are way too sweet or way too strong. This margarita was perfection!
Then came a side of the Elote ($5). It was split ear of corn that is grilled and then topped with lime butter, aioli, house seasoning, guajillo pepper and queso fresco. A perfect margarita and elote… if the night ended here, I’d be happy, but it didn’t. Next we got to sample some of the amazing tacos from the menu. The tacos here are $5 each, or two for $9. My favorite was the Bay Shrimp Taco (it cost $1 extra). It was grilled shrimp dusted with sweet savory blackening spice served over a bed of red cabbage lime coleslaw topped with citrus tartar sauce & fresh cilantro. But, I also loved the Fried Chicken Taco served with watermelon salsa & buttermilk dressing. Please don’t make me choose!
My husband loved the Shredded Chicken Taco made with slow roasted chicken, basted in chipotle chicken stock with grilled mango, fresh salsa verde, pico de gallo, queso fresco & mango reduction. He was also a fan of the Octopus Taco of grilled baby octopus and served with salsa verde and apple pico de gallo. Our friend was loving the Cactus Taco filled with strips of cactus, yellow pepper, mushrooms, broccoli, corn, tomatoes and potatoes sautéed in butter and garlic topped with queso fresco.
Oh, what I haven’t told you yet is that with each serving of taco, the awesome bartender (I don’t remember his name because we drank too much) brought us out ua parade of his original signature cocktails:
AY PAPI PALOMA— Maestro Dobel tequila, Giffard pamplemousse, apérol, habanero tincture, grapefruit shrub & lime juice.
NO MANCHES— St. George gin, Maestro Dobel tequila, Campari, byrrh quinquina, Strega & coffee concentrate.
SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM— Roasted corn infused Maestro Dobel tequila, cinnamon, burnt tortilla syrup, byrrh quinquina, fresh celery & lime juice.
OAXACA SHAME —Roasted corn infused mezcal, Hendricks gin, creme de violette, dry vermouth, hojo santo leaf tincture & absinthe.
And just when I thought I could not eat or drink anymore, they brought out the Churro Balls ($6). Off the dessert section of the menu, it’s six churro balls rolled in sugar and cinnamon that are served with a miniature shake topped with mocha mousse and chocolate dipping sauce.