After passing on ownership of N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, local restaurateurs Michael and Jenna Morton set their sights on Downtown and their first Mexican restaurant. It’s a very Downtown Las Vegas sort of place, in that Downtown restaurants don’t want to appear like they’re in Las Vegas at all. The dim restaurant opens to a rustic dining room, featuring dark woods, plaster, brick-exposed walls, and Day of the Dead-Santaria-inspired decor. A walk-up window outside allows bartenders to serve guests who don’t have the time to stop in. The menu goes above and beyond what you’d expect from a neighborhood Mexican joint, including full-roasted sea bass prepared Veracruz-style with onions, olives and chiles, and marinated beef steak with nopales, or prickly pear fruit, and roasted poblano peppers. Of course there are also tacos on the menu, with toothsome fillings like chicken with salsa verde and avocado, or carnitas with pickled red onions. The margarita list is worth noting here, thanks to an impressive selection of tequilas on which to base the fresh fruit flavors.
- Grace Bascos