Friday, October 31, 2014

Mezcal Me Maybe

La Urbana brings 30-plus mezcals to Divis

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Tacos, burritos, quesadillas. We love 'em. Who doesn't?

But there's so much more to Mexican cuisine.

Take your taste buds south of the border at La Urbana, now open in the hotter-than-twerking Divisadero Corridor.

It's a sophisticated, airy, modern Mexican cantina. The kind with a curated menu of 30-plus mezcals, uber-authentic food, and a kick-ass 20-seat bar.

Relax in a hand-woven leather chair, order a round of mezcal juleps (Wahaka Espadín, fresh mint, and a seasonally changing cordial made in house) and play a round of dominos (they're tucked into the leg of your table) while you snack on chiccharone de arroz and consider your main.

And you have much to consider.

With choices ranging from Tierra y Mar (Mexican surf & turf with Dungeness crab) to seared bone marrow and tomatillo, the menu reflects the explosive foodie movement going on in Mexico City right now.

And when you mix an emerging cuisine with an up-and-coming 'hood, the result is the perfect evening.

La Urbana laurbanasf.com
661 Divisadero (at Grove), Alamo Square/NoPa
(415) 440-4500
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Parking: Street.
Coming soon: Expect guided mezcal tastings in the Mezcaleria Urbana (which now serves as the private dining room), plus Mexican-style street food in the Mercado, both opening later this fall.
Nearby: The Independent; The Mill; Little Star Pizza

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