Having been to Mezcal Tequila Cantina a few times, I was anxious to try the new incarnation so when our Foodies group decided to go there, I was very much looking forward to the evening. First off, the new space is amazing. Located street level under the parking garage on Major Taylor Blvd across from the DCU Center, Mezcal is huge spanning most of the entire length of the building. There are lots of distinct seating areas and a large bar area that opens to the kitchen. And, as with everything that Niche Hospitality does, there is an attention to detail and decor that does not go unnoticed.
The expanded menu had many of the things you would expect to see at a Mexican restaurant such as quesadillas, tacos and burritos, but there is so much more and I knew they all would be done in a way only Mezcal can do. My dining partner and I started with the guacamole sampler, three choices of guacamole served with a plentiful amount of chips. Our three choices, all handmade and fresh, were the traditional, mediterranean and the special of the night, a bacon guacamole. All three were outstanding but the mediterranean – filled with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, stood out with a flavor and texture that was a great way to start the meal. Next came my meal, the Fish Tacos served with warm, soft corn tortillas, lettuce, jack cheese and side of authentic Mexican rice. The fish was tender and light, perfectly seasoned with chili and topped with a habanero slaw that provided enough heat, while not overpowering the delicate white fish. The crunchy texture of the lettuce and the slaw was a great contrast to the soft tortilla and the creamy jack cheese.
My entire dining experience was outstanding, the food, the atmosphere and service at Mezcal was top notch and I can’t wait to go back and try some of the new offerings.