In the most recent Art of Eating, (#83, winter 2009), Edward Behr's fine quarterly, appears a review/article featuring three area Mexican dining spots, all of which have been commented on here. (If you wish to comment on the article, post on the Food & Media board; this posting is about restaurants.)
The author, Scott Hocker, posits that a new generation of Mexican chefs is developing a cuisine in which the dishes of their native regions are presented applying European techniques that may have come from their SF area restaurant experience. I am wondering what other places Chowhounds may wish to add to Hocker's three that fit that description--regional Mexican food prepared with contemporary Euro/Californian styles of preparation and local ingredients.
Here are his three:
Mateo Granados' mobile kitchen(Yucatecan), from the Healdsburg farmers' market, which was memorably featured here by the still-too-young-to-be-venerable Melanie Wong:
San Francisco's Nopalito (VeraCruzan, Michoacan), frequently mentioned here.
Oakland/s Tamarindo Antojeria, (pan-regional) which only gets a few mentions here.
I almost jumped in the car and headed to Healdsburg when Melanie's chowdown pix were posted,however so far I know none of these. The article makes me anxious to remedy that.
Any others to recommend that combine regional Mexican cuisines with contemporary practice?
Links not in Chowhound base:
Mateo Granados (caters when frmrs mkts are down)
468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
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