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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Your Art Fix in San Miguel de Allende

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2. Where to Eat

The courtyard at the Restaurant is decked out with fountains and a garden wall.  

Take in the breathtaking view at La Azotea, a trendy central haunt that's become the preferred watering hole and/or lunch spot and/or date night pick for the local art and style set. The intimate rooftop spot serves up traditional Mexican dishes like spanish tortillas ($5) and jicama and shrimp tacos ($6), which pair nicely with a crisp cucumber martini ($5).

Get inspired by the Asian-influenced plates served at the Restaurant, helmed by American chef Donnie Masterson (from Tavern on the Green). Pass through the unassuming entryway into the whimsical alfresco courtyard, where tables sit amid bubbling fountains, vertical wall gardens, and centuries-old stonework. Plates are tapas style and tend to mix the sweet and spicy: top-sellers include the teriyaki-glazed pork riblets with serrano chilis ($8) and Tandoori chicken tacos ($8). If you can’t imagine downing another tortilla, come on Thursday for burger night: The meat is Chef Masterson’s own house-ground blend, and house-cured pickles come on the side.

Marvel at the exquisitely composed plates at Moxi, from celebrated Mexican chef Enrique Olvera (of Pujol in Mexico City). The chef’s varying tasting menu ($70$130) inventively uses seasonal ingredients, as in the beef-jerky tartare with cactus, radishes, and chile-apple, or cod with eggplant, lime and corn chileatole. À la carte plates are no less bold, as in the lump-crab salad with guajillo and morita puree ($12) and short ribs with mole mancha-manteles ($21). The room itself is imaginatively designed with oversize chandeliers, low-hanging table lampshades, and sleek mirrored walls.

Published on Jan 9, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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