In 2014, bartenders David Gallardo and Leon Vasquez put whimsical Mexican restaurant Lolo on the bar map with their playful Mexican playing card menu, following that up with a Mexican lottery sheet menu. Currently, it’s a range of cocktail beauties that certainly highlight agave spirits but go beyond, from scotch to gin.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The 2 Birds 1 Stone has been a favorite since it appeared on the menu in 2015. Mezcal’s green, smoky slate-iness plays with fresh carrot juice, celery bitters and parsley with a vibrant kaffir lime salt rim. (P.S.: It’s also ideal for brunch.)
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Chef Jorge Martínez’s food has drawn fans for years, while his panko avocado tacos, taco tropical (panko- and spice-dusted shrimp in a “tortilla” of jicama) and seared tuna tacos are now nearly iconic.