Except for unnecessarily large mezcal lists and octopus tostadas. Those can definitely follow you home from Mexico.
Please, give a warm welcome to Mezcalito, a cozy new den of mezcal drinking that’s coming to Polk Street on Wednesday. Here it is in pictures and here’s the menu.
Yes, they’ve got mezcal here. Forty-eight of them, to be exact, with more to come. So that’s good news. It’s the kind of place that lends itself particularly well to posting up in a caramel leather chair next to a rolling library ladder and staying awhile.
But maybe start at the brick-backed bar and point at some things on the menu instead. The barrel-aged mezcal Negroni, for instance. Or a Colibri with mezcal, Aperol, ginger and lime to pair with those octopus tostadas and some pastor pork belly tacos.
You could keep things simple and leave it at that. Or you could use this opportunity for a full-fledged mezcal tasting, perhaps accompanied by a 32-ounce ribeye for four. That’s when you remember that brunch is forthcoming, along with outdoor patio seating.
Thus marking the first time in history when those two things seem anticlimactic.