Crossing the Border

Just off the Square, the new La Mestiza is more restaurante than taqueria. Here you will discover dishes rarely found outside of Mexico’s finer cocinas. The menu does include old favorites like tacos and enchiladas, but everything from guacamole to très leches receives extraordinary attention to detail. What really stands out are the many complex house specialties, including the Cochinita Pibil—achiote-marinated pork slowly cooked in banana leaves, and Borrego en Chile Pasilla—lamb shoulder simmered in a pleasingly pungent sauce. There are tempting seafood and vegetarian options as well. Appropriately, the dining room is casual and comfortable with downtown character.

PHOTO: A favorite dish at La Mestiza is the Cochinita Pibil—achiote-marinated pork slowly cooked in banana leaves.

La Mestiza
121 E. Main St.
661-2793

6644 Odana Rd.
826-0178
la-mestiza.com

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