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2. Where to Eat

Almost everything in La Leche's interior is rendered in a brilliant white.  

Experience contemporary Mexican gastronomy at La Leche, featuring the avant-garde cuisine of fourth-generation chef Alfonso Cadena. The dramatic all-white interior evokes a surrealist pantry, while the French-fusion menu features an ever-changing parade of seafood and local ingredients in dishes like “Cream of Nothing” soup ($7.50), the signature duck ($25), and chocolate pudding with popcorn ice cream.

Sip an Horchata Rusa ($5), a Mexican twist on a white Russian, at La Luna, opened in October by chef Miriam Flores, who moved back to her hometown after stints in Portland, Spain, and Ireland. The menu is short but eclectic, offering both a burger with chipotle mayo ($7.50) and a pork shank with jalapeno-tomatillo sauce and mashed potatoes ($13.50). Flores also gives cooking classes weekly, complete with lunch, wine, and recipes to take home ($62 per person).

Find updated preparations of regional Mexican specialties at No Way Jose in the quaint Zona Romantica. Ask for a table on the roof and order the sweet-and-savory chiles en nogada ($11), poblano peppers stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and dried fruit then doused with a creamy almond sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

Published on Jan 27, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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