Nowadays, in this Mexican-food nation of ours, mole poblano is the Will Smith of the mole world: someone who was super-big way back when, but receded in popularity once newer, better options became available and is now just there, still hanging around but now so unremarkable that you start wondering ... More >>
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every W ... More >>
In the center of the wine and olive oil laboratory known as La Escuelita (but officially as la Estación de Oficios de El Porvenir) stands a wooden building with mattress springs for walls. Inside is a brown clutter of detritus: a Christmas tree made of upturned wine bottles stands anachronistically ... More >>
Baja California is one of the great surf-and-turf states of northern Mexico, renowned for its unique carne asada; in Mexicali, there's more of a Sonoran influence, and in Tijuana where an original style with a southern touch has spread down the peninsula all the way to Cabo, and has n ... More >>
Forget the Korean taco, Seabirds' avocado taco, even the Choco Taco: the most interesting taco in Orange County right now are the suckers above, which come directly to you from the late 1940s, when the crispy taco ruled America but taco fryers had yet to become popular and thus cooks fried them by c ... More >>
I mean, it's not like your favorite outpost of alternative newsiness is bastardizing the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, with "Cinco de Drinko" listings. Er, check that.Anyways, in other Cinco de Drunk Tank news, the countywide "Avoid the 38 ... More >>
After years of not being able to support a single place that sold food from the Mexican state of Puebla outside of too many sickly sweet interpretations of mole poblano, Orange County is suddenly awash in a Pueblan invasion, specifically of the cemita poblana variety. The epic sandwich--half-chee ... More >>
Deep, deep in the highlands of the Mexican state of Guerrero, a place known more for the cruise ships that ply the city of Acapulco and the silver stands of inland Taxco, lies one of the gastronomic destinations of Mexico: Teloloapan, the home of mole rojo guerrerense.
Dave LiebermanIf you're going to be a proper hole-in-the-wall hound around these parts, the first thing you've got to learn is that a great deal of the best food in Orange County comes not from restaurants or food trucks, but rather from sandwich counters in grocery stores.
At least they didn't call them "cantina" tacos, I guess...So the country is wild about street food right now, luxe-loncheras and the like, and I can live with that. Debate rages about what constitutes "authentic" Mexican food as opposed to the "fake" stuff, and I like debates like that.What I can ... More >>
Photo by Meg StrouseThis week, Gabe Zambrano of Soho Taco, the gourmet taco company, is on the line with us. You'd think that someone would have started a taco cart with higher-end ingredients before, but they didn't, and OC is lucky to have Soho. (Now get a truck!) If you missed yesterday's inte ... More >>
If you celebrate Cinco de Mayo today in Cinco de Drinko style (see the current print edition for places to get sauced--or salsaed), you may want to pretend that you are a member of the Mexican army and the police are invading French soldiers.That's because cops will be out in force today not to c ... More >>
Let's just get this straight right away, OK?Yes, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday. It's a Mexican holiday the way Patriots' Day is an American holiday. Patriots' Day is only observed in two out of the 50 American states (Massachusetts and Maine, in case you were wondering); Cinco de Mayo is only o ... More >>