There's a lot to admire at Mestizo: chef Aaron Sanchez’s impressive credentials, the attractive natural decor and, of course, the food. Fresh ingredients are the key to this delicious modern Mexican cuisine, starting with the gorgeous produce displayed in a well-lighted deli case and the warm, homemade chips that greet guests as soon as they’re seated.
Sharable para compatir items include platanos rellenos ($9), breaded plantain with black beans served atop arugula salad, and slices of crisp pork belly in a spicy chipotle glaze ($12). Chile-glazed duck breast ($20) features tender meat and chorizo-seasoned Brussels sprouts, and the adobo sirloin steak ($24) is perfectly cooked and topped with bright green adobo sauce and served with house-made tortillas. Black beans and creamy, cheesy arroz con crema (both $5) side dishes exemplify south-of-the-border comfort food. All dishes demonstrate deft seasoning and execution, with the exception of an overcooked molten chocolate cake dessert ($7) that lacks liquidity.
The signature margarita ($7) has just the right amount of tequila, while sangria ($9) gains sweet notes from brandy, rum and berries. Prices seem a little steep, and high-top tables are too small to accommodate plates for appetizers and dinners for two at the same time, but Mestizo is definitely worth a visit for anyone who loves Mexican cuisine in an upscale setting.