Better Call Salsa
by Julie Besonen, 07/15/2014
Tortilleria Nixtamal photo by Julienne Schaer • Rockaway Taco photo by Marley White
Cold margaritas and spicy Mexican food are just the ticket on summer nights, fun and flexible and making you feel like you're on vacation even if you're around the corner. The delightful Rockaway Taco in Rockaway Beach is worth a day trip, but elsewhere in the City, the cuisine has gotten better than ever. Anyone who thinks our Mexican doesn't compare to California's hasn't been to Alex Stupak's exciting Empellón Cocina or Empellón Taqueria, nor have they they had the fresh ground masa tortillas at Corona's Tortilleria Nixtamal. Great Mexican chefs have set down roots here, giving us gems like Fonda (Roberto Santibañez) and Toloache (Julian Medina). We're also grateful to Bay Area transplants for Dos Toros Taqueria (Leo and Oliver Kremer) and Mission Cantina (Danny Bowien). La Superior in Williamsburg was a Mexican street food pioneer when it opened in 2008, and it's just as delicious and low priced today. If you're looking for something more along the lines of Mexico City nightlife, La Esquina continues to be the epitome of cool. To see our other Mexican favorites, take a look at our slideshow.