Eager to bring a little authentic Mexican to the Hub, the dudes behind Allston's craft beer/ cocktail HQ Deep Ellum have
imported an entire cadre of polite midget luchadores annexed the adjacent (and now connected!) former El Cafetal and transformed it into a 52-seater slinging creative tacos and SoBo street fare alongside an extensive lineup of tequilas selected by hand to take to the face.
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An oval mirror, interconnected steampunk-styled ceiling fans, and antique brass lamps hang alongside a giant mounted bison head that silently judges anyone drinking Diet Fanta at the 25ft single zinc slab-topped maple bar, or on the reclaimed wood benches paired with industrial metal tables. Don't judge me, Bison!
Grilled street corn w/ Cotija, cilantro & chili lime aioli, Victory club nachos (dubbed the "original 1949 bar snack"), and housemade chorizo w/ pickled radish/ queso fresco/ mint all complement the main attraction:
the small, aforementioned wrestlers! tacos, tacos, tacos. Try the Beef Barbacoa (smoked brisket, pickled red onion, avocado crema), or the Carnitas w/ salsa verde, cilantro & queso fresco, or the Dallas: spicy beef served on a fried tortilla w/ longhorn cheese, also how Matty McConaughey hooks 'em horn...y ladies.
40-plus tequilas and mezcals (Iguanas, Tequila Ocho, paQui, Mi Casa, Corralejo) join sangria, micheladas, and draft/ bottled suds (Cucapa Chupacabras Pale Ale, Jack Abby's Smoke & Dagger, High & Mighty Beer of the Gods), as well as cocktails like the Chartreuse-rinsed Hombre Sin Nombre mixed with blanco tequila/ mole bitters/ agave, and even a trifecta tequila shot, side of sangrita, pint of Negra Modelo special called a Mexican Happy Meal, which sadly doesn't come with the small prize you're probably hoping for.