Continuing with our Food & Wine pregame/look back, today we’ll revisit another of our favorite Festival Marketplace booths: Mexico!
Mexico has a tried and true menu that has been pretty steady for the past few years, making gentle adjustments that have perfected what they do well.
One such example is in the Taco de Filete. In previous years, this was a ribeye taco. While the beef has been upgraded, the topping cascabel pepper sauce and scallions remain the same. As you can see, it’s a little drippy, so make sure you have extra napkins.
The biggest difference to me was not actually the cut of meat, but a structural improvement. In previous years, the tacos had two long, chewy pieces of scallion laid out across the top, but this year, they seem to have figured out that such presentation makes the taco difficult to eat, and are now opting for chopped scallions on the taco. Maybe they heard Sarah and me complaining about it!
The other taco served at the Mexico booth is the Taco de Camarón. It’s a crispy shrimp taco with chipotle-lime mayo and cabbage. I adore the accompaniments on this taco, but really wish that the shrimp were grilled instead of fried. Danny doesn’t have the same hang-up about all things fried, battered and breaded that I do, and he insists that this is the better taco.
One thing we both agree on is the excellence of the strawberry lime margarita pictured above with the Taco de Camarón. Strawberry and lime are as natural a pair as Mickey and Minnie, and I cannot for the life of me understand why this flavor combination is not featured in a margarita available year-round in the Mexico pavilion. Even if it’s a little too typical for La Cava del Tequila, it would be a great fit at La Cantina de San Angel. Are you listening, Epcot? You’re welcome.
One menu item in Mexico that was new to us for 2012 was the tequila flight. Three shots of tequila of indeterminate origin (they don’t advertise the brands anywhere, probably so that they can sub if they run out of something), you get one each of blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas, and the seasoned drinkers amongst us will know to taste them in that order. We aren’t sure which brands we got that day, but we did like them all, for what it was, which is three shots of tequila with some salt and a lime wedge. Go ahead and give the flight a chance. If nothing else, it’s kind of fun to pretend you’re in college again. Day drunk is always a good look at the Food & Wine Festival. Just kidding. Be safe out there.