If you're craving Mexican on a Friday, this is the spot to be. Though the exterior doesn't scream "tasty" (metal bars do have a habit of detracting), the interior is warm for all its eclectic weirdness (murals, hanging paper hearts, a cloud-like sponge-paint job). But on Fridays, a small cart will immediately pull up to your table; you get your pick of made-on-the-spot red or green salsa, quick unlike the typical offerings (the spicy red version includes huge pieces of roasted onion).
But even if you miss out on the fresh salsa, there still are plenty of reasons to stop by. The guacamole is served in a huge creamy heap, al pastor tacos cost $1.50 and the pina coladas come complete with paper umbrella.
For group fun, do order the parrilada don chema: a mixed grill of grouse, beef short ribs, spiced pork and veggies, served with tortillas, rice and beans (the two-person, $25 serving is plenty for three). There's also a slightly pricier seafood version.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz