Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Zócalo Cocina Mexicana

Relocating from Brighton over a year ago, Zócalo has made a home in the former Stix Restaurant space on Stanhope Street, directly across from the Clarendon Street entrance of Back Bay Station.Serving contemporary Mexican cuisine in an atmosphere almost identical to that of its former predecessor; hard angled wood panels and large circular light fixtures define the space. I liked their blackboard specials done up in bold artistic writing and brightly colored chalk. More importantly, (wait for it, wait for it) what was most impressive about Zocalo was


THE FOOD!


Their Award Winning Guacamole ($9.95) is prepared fresh to order.It seems a little steep in price but we all know avocados are no joke and you do get a pretty huge portion, living up - in my opinion - to whatever awards it has been granted.Crispy corn Tortilla chips are served warm with a side of salsa. We went all out and ordered the non complimentary bowl of salsa as well, (unpictured, however the portion size compares to the guac bowl) the Salsa De Jalisico ($9.25) which is also prepared fresh to order with roasted chiles, roasted tomatoes, roasted tomatillos, garlic, onions and cilantro. I wished it had a little more heat to it, but otherwise it was a flavorful salsa with prevalent chunks of roasted green chiles. You would be wise though, to save yourself $9 and stick with the complimentary version.
My Mango Chilita ($10.95) cocktail made with Corzo Silver Tequila, mango puree, jalapeno syrup, and fresh lime was good but not remarkably strong or spicy. I only half expected it to be spicy since cocktails promising heat often let me down. I think the jalapeno syrup served to temper the sweetness of the mango and lime, overall making this a well balanced and refreshing drink. Plantains came alongside some of the entrees and they were fantastic! (Photo borrowed from Yelp.) My friends Gretchen and Lisa both loved their entrees of Chile Rellenos ($19.95) -two roasted poblanos chiles; one stuffed with mixed Mexican cheeses, spinach, raisins and toasted almonds; the other with braised pork, served on a roasted tomato broth, plantains and Mexican rice. Sounds amazing, looked amazing, clearly Zocalo knows their Mexican. The menu did look to offer some vegetarian options and DeMane was able to customize a vegan dish (though what it was escapes me) to her liking. The waiter was happy to accommodate her requests which is always nice to see. I was equally as impressed with my entree choice of Carnitas ($20.95). The tender, flavorful braised pork adobo sat over a brilliantly paired mango-cucumber guacamole. Were talking thick, fresh chunks of juicy mango and smaller bites of crisp cucumber smothered in more of that creamy, lust-worthy guac. A cold pico de gallo piled on top of the pork adobo rounded out the dish. Mexican rice and black beans accompanied, I especially enjoyed the presentation of the beans in a mini cast iron skillet.The reasonably priced entrees utilizing high quality, authentic ingredients proves Zócalo Cocina is a worthy choice for your next Mexican meal out in Boston!
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22 comments:

Elizabeth said...

It all looks really good! Especially the plantains with crema and that mango drink.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I love Mexican food - it's great to know there's a new joint in the area. Your drink's chili rim is definitely inventive - too bad the drink was a little mas fuerte :)

In and Around Town said...

I had a really good meal there - I was definitely impressed, their drinks do need a bit of work though

Jennifurla said...

Seems like a tasty meal to me, I have been craving mexican intensely

Megan said...

I think I would have gotten the same dish as you... sounds amazing!

Michelle Collins said...

Now I am craving Mexican food - especially that guac! Looks amazing.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

ive always wanted to go there when it was in brighto! i thought it closed for good- good to know it's still around! must try one of these days.

MOLLY GALLER said...

I've had some great Mexican lately (Lolita, Papagayo) and this looks like a must-try! Thank you for the detailed, drool worthy review!

Oh, My Darling said...

Guac in a molcajete!? Yum!

Amber Blue Bird said...

oh man i would have a serious food baby after visiting this restaurant. everyone looks great.

Amber Blue Bird said...

i meant everything looks great...must review comments before pushing post.

Ameena said...

We have a Zocalo in LA as well, although I don't think these two restaurants are affiliated.

Love guacamole. It always bothers me to spend $8-$10 on a bowl of it but like you said, it's worth it! It looks delicious!

Lizzy said...

I've been dying to try that place!!! Next time you girls go out, I'm crashing the party. I never get to see Gretchen anymore : )

Simply Life said...

I'm always in the mood for Mexican food so this looks perfect for our next place to try!

Jen said...

I love the architecture of that place - so cool!

I'm pretty sure an entire meal could be made out of the guac and chips!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I'm so glad something replaced Stix because it was terrible! Zocalo looks great and I can't wait to try it out!

this free bird said...

It's 1:30 in the morning and I can't sleep. Oh how I want a taco...

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

That guac looks awesome!

Shannon said...

I've been really wanting to try Zocalo! That guac bowl looks INSANE. I love the stuff so much I could probably put a good dent in it by myself. Thanks for the review... I def need to head over there soon!

Alicia said...

Zocalo looks great - your cocktail is making me thirsty....and it is Thursday afterall -

Thanks so much for pointing to my blog! So many good vibes!

Shannon said...

you made me hungry!! need to check out that guac :)

Aimee from The Apron Archives said...

Shows what I know! Ever since I left Brookline a year ago I am out of touch - had no clue Zocalo moved! I always liked their margarita sampler and their tableside guac presentation.

Seriously, is anything better than Mexican food??

Looks awesome!!