Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
Oyamel is acclaimed Spanish chef José Andrés’ salute to Mexican cuisine, and it heads above most other Mexican restaurants no matter what time it is. The vibrant décor evokes the colors and culture of Mexico, and the place is hopping at night when crowds come in search of the late night menu Sunday through Wednesday 10–11:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10–1:30 a.m. What’s popular in the drink category? The mojito made with Dorado white rum and three signature margaritas plus $4 Mexican beers and $5 house wines.
If the taste of the seven regional tacos doesn’t swear you off the imitation drive through versions, the price will; you can buy two for just $4, and there is a style for every palate. Seafood lovers will appreciate the pescado Baja California made with seared cobia, and the Yucatan-style pit barbecued pork called cochinita pibíl is deeply flavored from marinating in sour orange, and vegetarians will appreciate the flavors of meatless taco made with housemade refried beans, sour orange requeson cheese, and Mayan salsa chiltamate.