Summer Solstice

Partake of the Mexi-fresh flavors at Puesto

 

Written by Amy Adams 

Puesto chef rolls masa for fresh tortillas. Photo courtesy of Puesto

Puesto chef rolls masa for fresh tortillas. Photo courtesy of Puesto

In want of a favorite haunt? A new resto to spice up your dining routine this summer—one that you’ll flock to for seconds, thirds? Consider Puesto for more reasons than one, but especially its festive ambiance, award-winning tacos and delicious, house-made margaritas. 

It’s a sinful scene from the moment you arrive. Fresh aromas permeate from the eat-in kitchen through the restaurant—a scheme inspired by Mesoamerican architecture and designed by famed artist Paul Basile—and out the open façade. The smell of mint, chopped onions and meat on the grill. Servers bustling about while guests chat and chow down inside or on the spacious outdoor patio. Paying homage to Mexico City, the décor is modern and vibrant, and features hundreds of concrete tiles that catch the natural light pouring in from skylights. It’s loud. But in a good way. It feels like a fiesta, or a backyard barbecue with everyone welcome. 

Photo courtesy of Puesto

Photo courtesy of Puesto

Like the vibe, the food is also flavorful, Mexico-City style: salsas are made from scratch, meat and seafood is sustainable, and tortillas are handmade maíz azul and stone-ground. There are a number of delectable menu items such as the green salad with whipped ricotta and squash, roasted plantains, and grilled corn with chili and lime… all delicioso, but an absolute must-try is the taco trio. What a perfect way to experiment with food flavors and indulge in something you’ve never tried before. It’s mouthwatering and easy to share. And no dish would be complete without one of Puesto’s fresh-made margaritas—pressed, squeezed, chilled to perfection, and trimmed on the rim. After all, don’t margaritas and summer go hand-in-hand? 

8577 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA ~ EatPuesto.com

Photo courtesy of Puesto

Photo courtesy of Puesto