Too often, "street food" connotes desperately gorging on the same old stuff at 2am, when even the Air-Supply-hosted Best of Soft Rock seems alive with possibility. Taste the true power of street food, at Tamalli
From the chef/owner of Maiz, Tamalli's an orange/blue/green pasteled, stripped-down eat-in/take-out spot serving up fresh, authentic Mexican antojitos -- meals you'd casually eat beside a cart in Mexico City as you wiled away the hours before being kidnapped. The main event's the namesake, highlighted by a banana-leaf wrapped Mexican sausage number, and "Tamal Nejos", whose corn envelope's split open and topped w/ ten kinds of meat (from marinated steak to chorizo) plus veggies like 'schrooms and cactus (the Bea Arthur of the plant kingdom, as there's deliciousness underneath the prickly exterior). Other street faves include the food-pile Alambre Cazuela (choice of meat, plus onions, bell peppers, bacon, and pineapple-cilantro salsa), "Mexican pizzas" of grilled ham/marinated pork w/ pineapple and chihuahua cheese between two flour tortillas, plus more familiar items like enchiladas, flautas, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas -- who are now totally confused after decades of thinking that they were "Mexican pizzas"
Tamalli stays open 'til 4am Thu-Sat, and for now is BYOB, though they will be serving up Mexican fruit sodas, smoothies, and "Bebidas Frias", basically H20 jacked up w/ sugar and fruit chunks -- easy-to-spike options that'll leave your late-night alive with possibility, even if you're all out of love.