For visitors and locals alike, we think some of the best things to see in SMA can be found on a plate. The lineup of SMA’s notable new restaurants in 2016 is diverse including Jacinto 1930, Nomada Cocina de Interpretacion, Quince Rooftop, Birdies Burgers, Taco Lab, El Vergel Bistro and Market, Antonia Bistro SMA, Vino + Tapas, Marsala cocina con acento, Trattoria da Laura a Los Mezquites, OMA, Ba-Bite, La Crepe du Chef, Pork Belly, Fat Boys, and CARNEVINOGrill. In fact, if you didn’t get Mi Bistro 300, Mon Bistro and the new food truck Mio Bistrock SMA mixed up, then you’re further ahead of the game than most.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups oil, for deep frying
1/2 cup skinless roasted peanuts
10 whole dried hot chili peppers
2 scallions, cut into 1/2 in. lengths (or onion cut into thin slices)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili paste with garlic
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon sherry wine
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
Combine chicken, salt, egg white, and cornstarch. Mix well by hand. Set aside. In small bowl, blend sauce ingredients. Set aside. Heat oil to 350 in a wok. Deep fry chicken until it separates and is almost cooked. Remove by draining through strainer into another pot. Deep fry peanuts over moderate heat until golden brown. Remove. Reheat 2 tbs. oil in wok till smoking hot. Stir-fry red chili peppers till they are dark red. Lower the heat. Add scallions and garlic. Stir-fry 30 seconds. Pour in chicken. Stir-fry on high for 1 minute. Add sauce. Stir-fry until heated and glazed thoroughly. Add peanuts.
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon dashi powder
1 teaspoon sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 soft boiled egg, cut in half
Sliced green onions, to serve
Best Chamorro: Chamorrito Calle Heroes #3, San Antonio
This place is dedicated to pork Chamorro; pork shank cooked in a vat of fat that’s so tender you’ll likely to be an aficionado on the first bite.
A tower of the best, crispy corn tortillas play on flavors because you get both the red and green sauce, much like huevos divorciados. Perfectly cooked beans are peppered throughout the layers. The egg is then topped with fresh chorizo. Dig in!
Best Doughnuts: Panaderia La Buena Vida, Hernandez Macias 72 Int. 5
How to make a big girl cry? Tell me I can't have one of Panaderia La Buena Vida's doughnuts at the Organic Market on Saturday morning. Oversize in orange, chocolate, vanilla or sugar. Buy more than you think you need; by early afternoon, they’re history.
We can’t get off ordering this dish, which is one of the most popular things on the menu. Taste one and you’ll know why this is one of our favorite dishes. Chef Matteo Salas changes up the menu frequently, depending on what is in season.
Best Hard Shell Taco: Taco Lab, Relox 18
What’s the best meal deal in Doce-18?? Without a doubt, Taco Lab’s three crispy taco combination, listed under appetizers. Try a combination plate - one each of Pork Belly, Fish and Short Rib. Our Sunday morning taco fix.
Runner Up: El Manantial, Calle de La Barranca # 78
Cocktail Piña Pox: Pox (A traditional liqueur from Chiapas), pineapple, mint and lemon.
Cocktail Violeta: Frangelico, ginebra and strawberry.
#8 off Refugio Sur
Amazing to me that I have a Mexican friend who grew up in SMA and an American friend that lives within blocks of this restaurant and neither one of them knew anything about it and these are people who LOVE TO EAT. The beef tacos represent some of the best street food in SMA. Go early or you’ll be standing.
Bacco, Hernandez Macias # 59
Fill it up! Most restaurants try for a 5 – 6 ounce pour and deliver pretty much that. With a similar size glass and price point, Berlin Bar and Bistro, Bacco and La Azotea all have generous pours and offer great food to go with your oversized glass of wine. Bring friends and stay late; you can afford it at these prices.
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