OK, let me try to clarify things here. When I said “If Bracero isn’t the best new restaurant in the country”, I meant “Bracero probably isn’t the best new restaurant in the country, but”. Sorry for the confusion, but that was the meaning I intended…
But I did mean that it’s had the most culinary cultural influence in our area over the past year.
I think there’s no question that Bracero has broken new ground. Restaurants like Crack Shack, Grand Ole BBQ, etc., are wonderful additions to our local scene, but unlike Bracero, they’re not a newly germinated local cuisine.
You may not have liked what you got the one time you were at Bracero, but maybe someone else will open with the same kind of cuisine that blows you away. I hope so.
Have you been to Galaxy? DD calls it Bracero w/o the hype. I’ve only had tacos there, but others have sampled more.
This is a new kind of cuisine that will be affixed to our local culinary identity in the decades to come. In two years, it’ll be in all of the travel books on SD, called “Mexiterranean” or whatever. Mark my words; wait and see.