I stopped into this relatively new sister to City Tacos in North Park today (it opened in late August) and tried two of their tostadas and a drink.
The place itself is pretty bare bones, with one long communal table and stools facing the windows. There’s just one two-top. They do have a second room that’s empty and unfurnished right now, so maybe if they do well they’ll put some more tables in there. And it’s air-conditioned!
I ordered the aguachile and callo de hacha tostadas. Frankly, I wasn’t really that impressed with either. The seafood was very fresh and the presentations nice enough, but both were fairly bland and had too much liquid. Eating them by hand was messy.
I was hoping that the tortillas would be toasted here, but they’re just the common kind, deep fried. Actually, the last time I had a toasted tortilla was, of all places, at MXN on Morena (now once again called Santana’s). But just once. Must have been that the cook that day wanted to do things differently. Or maybe they’d run out of the fried, packaged kind.
The better of the two tostadas at Tostadas was the callo de hacha. It needed salt and some of the red (yes, red) hot sauce from the squeeze bottle on the table to pick up the flavor, but it was piled high with scallops and shrimp. The aguqchile tostada lacked flavor but didn’t want red sauce. I was eating it plain until the server/attendant told me that the light-colored sauce on the table is mango habanero, and that in fact went well. Just a tiny amount, not because it’s that hot, but because it would otherwise have changed the flavor and character too much.
No liquor license here (yet) and when they do get one, it’ll be for beer and wine only. Nevertheless they offer an aqua fresca called “mojito”, which I tried. Well, no surprise that it didn’t taste like a real mojito, but it was pretty bland. It needed much more of, well, everything. Not even close to a good imitation, but tastier than plain water and refreshing on a hot day.
As I was leaving, the server offered me a refill of the mojito, which I enjoyed on my way back to my car. I should mention, by the way, that parking nearby is very easy. The location is well away from 30th, east on University