Great mariachi night at La Mezcaleria — Photo courtesy of La Mezcaleria
For years, La Taqueria has been serving up some of Vancouver’s favorite tacos from their small West Hastings location. The popularity of the traditional tacos presented the Taqueria team with an opportunity to open a second location on Cambie and West Broadway. But, they didn’t stop there! Their third property, La Mezcaleria, opened on Commercial Drive and offers diners a different vibe and atmosphere, paired with their much-loved tacos, other new dishes and plenty of drinks from varying regions of Mexico.
Step inside the charming atmosphere and start with some drinks. La Mezcaleria lives up to its name and hosts the best selection of small batch mezcal out of any other Mexican restaurant in Canada.
The tequila and cocktail selection is quite impressive, too. The horchata at La Mezcaleria is delicious, both with and without alcohol. The slightly sweet and creamy drink will cool the spicy foods you dine on.
What sets La Taqueria and La Mezcaleria’s tacos apart from the rest is that they’re simple, yet they pack a ton of flavor. The menu focuses on traditional Mexican recipes, and they pay homage to what is available in Vancouver by sourcing as much local, organic and sustainable produce as they can.
The queso fundido with chorizo is to die for. — Photo courtesy of La Mezcaleria
The menu is broken up into botanas ("snacks"), tacos (the same you will find at La Taqueria), main dishes and a few desserts. Many of the dishes are made to be shared and enjoyed with friends.
The queso fundido is a hot, steaming bowl of gooey cheese topped with chorizo or salsa verde and served in a piping hot volcanic rock molcajete. Stick your fork into the bubbling cheese and slather it onto a warm corn tortilla. Take a bite, and enjoy that moment of bliss.
The serving size may shock your cardiologist, but you and your friends will be thankful! It's hard to choose just one main, but if you had to, the chicken enchiladas are a solid choice. Tender pieces of shredded chicken are wrapped in a white flour tortilla and topped with your choice of chorizo or salsa. The cheese or bean enchiladas are a tasty alternative.
One of the best nights to go to La Mezcaleria is on a Wednesday night when a father/son duo plays music from 7:30 p.m. onwards. The crowd is jovial and the music is delightful. A school night doesn’t get much better than this.
Reservations for groups of six or more can be made. La Mezcaleria is open late (until 2 a.m.) on Friday and Saturday.