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Zócalo aims to bring the spirit of Mexican hospitality to its spot here in Cleveland. It's not just welcoming, but full of life and zest from the vibrant decor to food bursting with flavor. The vibe here is casual, cool, and full of energy.
Favorites to try here include the conchita pibil (pork shoulder), fish tacos, and the carnitas. You can even find some Mexican/American crossover dishes like the Chorizo burger. If you're looking for a liquid pairing, make sure to check out their refreshing tequila-based cocktails. Favorites include the Mexican Mule and the Platino.
Tequila is the signature spirit of Mexico, and there are pretty strict rules on what qualifies, three to be exact. First, it has to be made in one of five Mexican states (Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, or Tamaulipas), second it must be made from blue agave or one of the recognized agave varieties, and third it has to be approved by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT) (the Tequila Regulatory Council.) Once it passes the test, tequila is then classified by how long it spends aging in barrels. From shortest to longest the ranking goes Blanco, Joven, reposado, añejo and extra añejo (which spends at least three years in a barrel!).
With that in mind, Zócalo's extensive list of tequilas is quite impressive. They even have a tequila club that gives you access to a special menu, members-only tastings, and other events.
Cover image courtesy of Zócalo Tequileriá.