Forget the billions of taquerias lining Milwaukee and Pulaski. This classy joint boasts cuisine from the southern state of Oaxaca, and features everything from super tortas to ensaladas, enchiladas, tacos and seafood dishes (mariscos).
Plants hang from the ceiling of the two-room joint, a friendly server takes your order, and fake flowers of all kinds abound. A large television perches atop the beverage cooler, which houses your standard Dos Equis beer, Diet Coke and bottled water, among others. Depending on what time of day you go, you might catch a steamy telenovela or a Telemundo news program.
As you're soaking in the rich ambiance, donít forget to actually order food. The super tortas are a good betóand a reasonable $5.50. The torta Oaxaquena comes with cesina/tenderloin steak, chorizo/Mexican sausage and grilled onions on two thick slices of bread; the equally delicious torta Tezoatian is layered with cesina/tenderloin steak, grilled cactus and chiles jalapenos for an extra spicy kick.
If you're looking to go lighter, hook it up with the ensalada de camarones (shrimp salad) which only costs $7.75. More familiar Mexican eats, like burritos de pollo, asado o vegitariano (chicken, steak or vegetarian burritos) will run you same as the tortas. But because the state of Oaxaca is best known for its chocolate, we suggest you try menu items that are topped with the chocolatey mole sauce, like the tamales Oaxaquenos (2), de pollo con jalapenos, jitomate, y cebolla o de pollo con mole, which come with your choice of chicken with tomato, onions and jalapenos or chicken with mole ($6.25).
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler