Bar Ama plates up Texas-sized flavor
With restaurants, unlike in Hollywood, sequels can be even more inventive.
Raising the curtain on a sequel to glorious beef: Josef Centeno, and his hotly anticipated Tex-Mex haunt, Bar Ama, now open.
Bar Ama is basically Baco Mercat 2: Tex-Mex United.
Ensconced within warm, reclaimed wood walls and indigo tiles, Centeno is focusing on south-of-the-border fusion and family recipes — like Nana’s lengua chile con carne, crispy chicharron (pork belly), and fideo (Spanish vermicelli) with octopus and kielbasa.
Tacos, like the carne guisada, are served in a puffy shell that’s similar to those shells used for salads, and shredded iceberg tops most dishes. Don’t miss the slow-roasted pork molcajete, served with warm soft tortillas.
At the bar: tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails, with Mexican beers on tap.
Here’s betting you’ll have one, and then a sequel.