The cozy Oakhurst cantina, festooned in string lights and Day of the Dead-esque decor, cooks up real-deal Mexican fare with creative twists, and mixes up some darn good libations while they're at it.For the tequila-swilling, queso-fiending, taco-craving cantina connoisseur, a bad Tex-Mex experience can be a crushing disappointment not even the girthiest of chimichangas can fix. Luckily, for people like that, Mezcalito's is a far cry from stale corn chips and margaritas from a bucket. The cozy Oakhurst cantina, festooned in string lights and Day of the Dead-esque decor, cooks up real-deal Mexican fare with creative twists, and mixes up some damn strong libations while they're at it. We speak, of course, of the margaritas, mixed up fresh with nary a dash of that syrupy-sweet prepackaged mix in sight. New to the bar's offerings include a dangerously tasty blueberry margarita, a refreshing grapefruit Paloma, a smoky Mezcal margarita (the Mezcalita), and a concoction made with Sotol, a distant relative of tequila from Northern Mexico. (But if you're struck with a thirst only straight-up tequila can slake, note the brand-new tequila flights now departing from Mezcalito's bar.)
Of course, it'd be a damn shame to indulge in the aforementioned vices without a heaping plate of homestyle Mexican fare at one's side. Happily, dishes like the house-made tamales, tightly rolled taquitos and street-style tortas (sandwiches) make for mighty fine companions alongside that Sotolita. Don't skip the rice—it's cooked with cilantro, poblano and spinach, and is just as famous for its flavor as it is for its unusual bright-green hue.
And then there is that ominous, legendary jar sitting quietly on the back of the bar, leering at you while you try to eat in peace, taunting you with its sinister smile. The jug, marked with a skull and crossbones (in case you needed further proof of its potency) is filled to the brim with pepper-spiked tequila, and packs quite a hot punch to the taste buds. Don't overdo it, though... you wouldn't want to sabotage your tastebuds before trying the green rice and tacos.
Steak & Goat Cheese Enchiladas, $11.95
Roasted Chile Relleno, $10.95
Shot of Devil's Water, $5
Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.