Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mexican updates on way

Frank Scibelli and chefs Jared Cannon and Drew Ward are just back from a research trip to Mexico City for Cantina 1511 and Paco's Tacos & Tequila: Expect to see new dishes, based on their visits to more than 50 places there, many of which have one-to-three-staple menus. Among those were El Cardenal (known for breakfast and hot chocolate), La Casa del Pavo (turkey dishes) and Azul y Oro (contemporary fare). Dishes they're working on for Charlotte include escabeche (pickled carrots, onions and jalapenos, in varying forms), served with chips and salsa; tortas (sandwiches, with fresh avocado and refrito puree); turkey carnitas (like pork), for tacos, tortas and quesadillas; birria (spicy meat stew); and agua fresca (flavored water), which may be used in cocktails.
Cantina 1511: StoneCrest, 704-752-9797; and 1511 East Blvd., 704-331-9222.
Paco’s Tacos: 6401 Morrison Blvd.; 704-716-8226.