The fifth DFW effort from the Chi-town peeps who brought you Mockingbird Taproom, Primebar, Townhouse, and Park Tavern, Boca Chica's a sprawling agave hacienda equipped with two bars (one for booze, one for tacos) and two levels, neither of which requires a frog suit. The interior's lined with what look sorta like oversized Mexican flash cards, plus there's a giant cubby thing filled with skull-shaped tequila bottles and a poster with some sage advice for everyone except pregnant heavy machinery operators. The bar has 35 different tequilas & mezcals in all (Corazon de Agave, Lunazul, Ilegal Joven...), a handful of which're used in margs filled with non-traditional ingredients like port, ginger beer & black lava salt, and topped with all-time-great garnishes like a hollowed-out jalapeño filled with mezcal. Like Verne Troyer's kitchen cabinets, they've got small plates including pork meatballs w/ bacon and a smoked tomato-saffron sauce, this Trio de Sopes (w/ mole chicken, pork & skirt steak), and a nonet of taco bar options that count the "langosta", a mix of lobster, frothed corn, and smoked jalapeño cream. Other must-gets include pork tortas w/ Chihuahua cheese and the faldilla (skirt steak fajitas w/ wild 'shrooms and red onion marmalade), plus this slow-smoked beef shank and the Pescado Encarcelado -- a lobster-stuffed whole fish that's out of this (Water) World.
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