Antojeria La Popular
Antojeria La Popular is not a typical Mexican eatery. UrbanDaddy calls it "subversive," Zagat says it "took a little risk." There is no better dish to confirm this fact than the Oaxaca tostada, a mildly named menu item with an unorthodox ingredient: deep-fried crickets, seasoned with lime and piled with guacamole and crema. This is but one of the dishes that populates a menu inspired by the kind of food you'd find by simply walking the streets of Mexico. More familiar flavors lie in the Colima, a blue-corn tostada adorned with raw tuna, avocado, chipotle mayo, and salsa verde, and the Monterrey, a taco filled with chorizo, chicharrón, and sirloin with salsa roja. The drinks are just as authentic as the food, as mixologists blend cocktails of horchata with white wine and guava nectar with prosecco, and create four styles of micheladas by mixing beer with a range of exotic ingredients. Like having dinner in a gingerbread house with no doors, it would be unwise to skip dessert—Antojeria La Popular honors street-food tradition right down to the sweets with a trio of paletas, small popsicles in a variety of seasonal flavors.