If your Mexican madre ever ventured into opening a healthy, fast food place, Mi Mero Mole would be it. This little cantina has all the charm of a Tijuana truck stop with a long list of guisados: stews and stir-fries; popular street foods in Mexico City. The cuisine is based on traditional recipes and offered in a variety of styles. The butternut squash mole plate is served with house-made Nixtamal tortillas, black beans and rice, all incredibly fresh. You can get the same quisado served as a taco, burrito or quesadilla. The fun starts when you branch out and try your guisado order as a torta(pictured), memla or gabacho bowl.
While the spot on SE Division has been growing an avid fan club for a some time, the downtown space is still evolving with a dedicated bar and expanded menu. Co-owner Nick Zukin, formerly of Kenny & Zukes, unleashes his love of sandwiches and great food with south-of-the-border flair. Partner Pablo Portilla promises to keep the "mero," or simplicity, in the menu to produce an urban street food experience in the comfort of an Old Town corner Mexi-joint. Mucho gusto!