Olla

5am Sangritas and Roasted Pig from the Coyo Chef

It’s Called Olla, and Its Basel Timing Is Uncanny

By Jackie Gutierrez-Jones
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You look well rested. That’s nice.

Always good to head into Basel feeling like you can take on the world.

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Right. Margaritas it is.

At Olla, a new Mexican cantina that comes bearing late-night gifts of roasted pig, guacamole and icy margaritas, opening tonight in South Beach. Check it out.

Chef Scott Linquist of taco wunderkinds Dos Caminos and Coyo is behind this one. He’s carved out a modest little spot on the locals end of Lincoln Road (which would be south, incidentally). Wood beam ceilings. Polished concrete floors. A large landscape mural inspired by Mexican artist Diego Rivera. That type of vibe.

Walking in, you’ll find a long communal table. It’s a good place to find yourself after a long night. Mostly because the place is open until 5am. But also because of the pots of simmering menudo, the barbacoa lamb shoulder and the roasted pig cooked Yucatan-style you’ll have to choose from. Decisions are hard.

And since you’ll be parched (you’ll be parched), there’s a full bar pouring sangritas, micheladas and margaritas into the wee hours.

It’s like they knew it was Basel or something.

Jackie Gutierrez-Jones finds unhyphenated names quaint. She believes that croquetas and gin cocktails are suitable precursors to running and hoisting heavy weights over one’s head.

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