Here's welcome news if you like authentic Mexican cuisine -- and who doesn't?
Peso Bar, a newcomer with credibility and flair, has its formal debut Monday afternoon at 2547 Bagley at 18th Street in the Hubbard-Richard area of Southwest Detroit.
Hours are 3-10 p.m., following a soft opening this weekend.
The restaurant-tavern describes itself on Facebook as "a Mexican eatery focused on tortas and classic Mexican food. We will have a full-service bar with a variety of margaritas, cantaritos and palomas." Cantaritos are a tequila cocktail traditionally served in a clay mug during festivals in Jalisco, a western Mexican state.
Food choices include burritos, chile relleno, chicken milanese, jicama salad and birria, a traditional beef or goat stew. "Often, the meat is dry-rubbed in a blend of chiles and then stewed in a broth-like combination of fruit (such as parts of a pineapple or orange) and the drippings from the meat," Peso posts with the birria photo at right. "The result is flavor that seeps deep into the melting, tender meat."
The business partners are Eddie Vargas, Carlos Diaz de Leon, Jose Maldonado, Corey McIntosh and Tony Lopez, Eater Detroit editor Brenna Houck reported early this month.
Their renovated location was the site of two other restaurants in recent years -- Fist of Curry and the Huron Room.
Now the offerings will include craft cocktails such as these:
- La Cobar-Cabresto Blanco -- triple sec, citrus-agave blend, cucumber and cilantro
- Don Silverio -- Cabresto Reposado tequila, Cointreau, citrus-agave blend and a chard lemon
- Paloma Azul -- blue citrus blend, fresca, lime, Herradura Blanco tequila
Among 20 margarita choices is Como La Flor, made with Cabresto Tequila, triple sec, citrus-agave blend, rose petal water and edible rose petals. (Drinks with floating flower petals are an instant vacation, don't you agree?)
Peso starts with just dinner hours. A weekend brunch is envisioned, Eater says.
-- Alan Stamm