Day of the Dead-themed paintings by local artists decorate the walls, tabletops, and even the sombrero-wearing mannequin in the corner at this Latin eatery, making it hard to know where to look first. Focus instead on the menu (also decorated with Mexican folk art); service is friendly but can be a little slow, so therell be time to check out the art later. Traditional offerings including tacos, tamales, and burritos are joined by cheese fries, hamburgers, and sandwiches jazzed up with additions like guacamole and goat cheese. The same attention to detail is evident in the freshly fried tortilla chips--some star-shaped--and the pomegranate seeds in the guacamole, little bursts of sweetness that contrast beautifully with the salt and tang of the chips and guacamole, making the dish one of the best things Ive had in a while. The tamales and empanadas were good, but it was the side dishes that really stood out: chicken posole and a cheesy jalapeño bean dip that we fought for the last few bites of. The music, like the food, is Latin-influenced but includes plenty of western fare, and while owner Otoniel Michel plays in the Latin alternative band StankStar, most of the tunes are lighter stuff like Manu Chao.
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