Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana - Tequila & Mezcal Festival Media Preview

I'm always looking for an excuse to visit Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in Penn Quarter; so I jumped at the chance to attend a media preview for next month's eighth annual Tequila & Mezcal Festival. The two-week bender (mezcal + tequila = bender) runs from March 2-15, and officially gets underway next week, with a fabulous kick-off party on Monday the 2nd. For just $60, you can drink and eat to your heart's content from 6-9:00 PM (click here to purchase tickets.)

Last night's menu featured four different drinks and six delicious bites. Top honors on the food front went to Birria de Cabra, goat tacos with a guajillo chile paste, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and onions. Oyamel serves some of the best tacos in America, and this one was no exception. Aguachile Seco de Costeño Amarillo came in a close second... Hawaiian Ono (Wahoo) with a myriad of flavors (avocado, cilantro,  jicama, radishes and red onions and a spicy costeño amarillo chile.)

I'm not much of a drinker; but even I couldn't resist the Paloma de Oaxaca... El Silencio Espadín mezcal mixed with grapefruit-Jalapeño soda and grapefruit juice. Addictive. La Capital ain't bad either... Herradura Anejo tequila, Dolin Rouge vermouth and orange bitters. Warning: It's really spicy!

Live Music!

Throughout the festival, Oyamel will host a number of complimentary tastings at the bar, Monday through Thursday, from 4-6 PM. Best of all, that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the full menu in the dining room (click here to drool read.)

Final touches

Aguachile Seco de Costeño Amarillo

Ceviche Veracruz

Local whole roasted goat

Birria de Cabra

Paloma de Oaxaca