Let the April feasts commence!
I finally made it down to Revolutionario, a smallish restaurant that specializes in North African and Mexican mash-ups. I arrived a little after they opened, and there was already a party of three ordering lunch. It was a little dingy in there, and smoke from the rotisserie chicken outside permeated the entire room. Everyone, including the staff and customers, was coughing incessantly. While I was ordering, a woman who I assumed is co-owner Susan Ji Young Park, was admonishing one of her staff members for not turning on some device. The incident made me feel a little uncomfortable. Afterwards, Ms. Park’s son, who was probably a teenager, took over on front of house duties. He was very warm and offered me little containers for their condiments when he saw me garnishing the tacos.
I ended up ordering four tacos, dessert, and a mint tea. The tacos were absolutely glorious - with each one being better than the last. The mushroom, kale, and feta taco was similar to what I eat on a daily basis - very simple and comforting. The chickpea tagine taco was wonderfully earthy and got even better when I reached the sweet potatoes at the center. Make no mistake, the fish tagine taco will never win any beauty contests, but the fish was perfectly cooked in a rich, spicy stew. The black eyed pea falafel were my favorite. They were crisp, yet flakey and nicely offset by the pickled turnips and carrots that I added to the taco. The mint tea was too sweet for me, but that was my fault because Moroccan mint tea is traditionally sugary. The cashew samsa and almond cigar tasted of old oil, but the orange marmalade that accompanied the samsa was nicely tart and lifted the dessert.
Overall, it was a mixed bag, but the tacos are absolutely to die for. I would go back to Revolutionario in a heartbeat for their vegetable dishes. Many thanks to the FTC’ers for recommending this restaurant.