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Agave Taco Bar
Though he sharpened his fine-dining edge as Executive Chef at the posh Washington Park Grille, Rafael Najera never lost his passion for the simple street food of his home country. In fact, he's been wanting to gift Washington Park with a taqueria for nearly two decades. In 2013, he was finally able to do just that, opening Agave Taco Bar where he, according to an interview with Westword, could serve "the kind of food I grew up eating in Mexico—the kind of food that I've been eating forever and will always eat."
Najera's reverence for the flavors of his youth doesn't mean he's clinging to convention, though. His lineup of 14 street-style tacos seamlessly combines invention and tradition, filling fresh homemade tortillas with such rare ingredients as cactus leaves, rosemary garlic roasted lamb, and an avocado crema that Thrillist called "perfection."
The restaurant puts just as much care into the rotating drink menu, which features creative cocktails, natural juice margaritas, and spiked aqua frescas. And to stay true to the "agave" part of the business name, they pour more than 50 hand-selected premium tequilas.
Najera's philosophy of fusing the old with the new also extends to the space itself. In what can best be described as "adobe chic," the dining room and bar blends hip, modern elements—such as exposed brick walls and rustic wood accents—with traditional Spanish colors and decor. A glass-covered garage door suffuses the already vibrant eatery with natural light whether it's open or closed, and a plant-draped sidewalk patio emanates a relaxed vibe reminiscent of a sun-soaked cocina in the Mexican countryside.