Old-school, high-end Mexican with handmade everything

Enchiladas, margaritas, and empanadas at Prehispanica.

Named for a style of handmade Mexican cooking predating European influence and (sadly) not a badass Oaxacan version of Jurassic Park, downtown's Prehispanica Mexican Cuisine makes up for its lack of velociraptoros ("velociraptor" en Español) with ultra-fresh, high-end Mexican cooking.

The interior of Prehispanica Mexican Cuisine.

While the cooking's prehispanica, the interior's modernhispanica, with paintings of Frida Kahlo adorning the wall and a collection of decorative old-school clay serving dishes that you probably shouldn't use next to the tables.

The margarita at Prehispanica Mexican Cuisine.

As with any Mexican restaurant worth its salt, be sure to start with the house margarita w/ fresh-squeezed juices. They make it at a kaleidoscopic light-up bar that's totally futurehispanica.

The cheese empanada at Prehispanica.

Smaller plates that're actually entree-sized include this cheese-/mushroom-stuffed empanada w/ an avocado salad, pork rinds w/ pico, and chili-steamed mussels.

Enchiladas at Prehispanica.

Gigantic entrees include these loaded chicken enchiladas, braised beef tongue, and a half chicken smothered in so much mole and sour cream, you'll go from resembling Samuél Neill (Español for Sam Neill) to Wayne Caballero (Español for Wayne Knight) in no time.

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