Mexican Food. It is pretty much one of the best things in the entire world, am I right?
The complex sauces, the cheese, the margaritas, the slow cooked beans. Authentic Mexican food is the best of comfort food, and when you sit down to a traditional Mexican meal – it is sort of like a love affair of the senses.
And let’s be honest, I could eat chips, guacamole, and salsa 7 days a week. I never — and I mean never, get sick of Mexican food.
One of my favorite Mexican restaurants, not just in Salt Lake City, but of any that I have ever been to, is Alamexo. Since Alamexo opened, it has been racking up awards, and SLC had really embraced this special restaurant.
Alamexo is in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City, right off of State Street. You might remember the space, as it was previously Zy Restaurant. Chef Matt Lake created Zy, but after 18 months, he knew he had to follow his passion for Mexican flavors and cooking — so, Zy closed and Alamexo was born. And, Chef Matt has done everyone a big, wonderful favor! Not to mention, his incredible knowledge of traditional Mexican fare, the regional nuances, and his passion are infectious.
I recently attended a media dinner at Alamexo to chat more with Matt about his background, taste some of his delicious creations, and of course — sip some tequilas.
Starting with handmade, table side guacamole and the house Alamexo Margarita, the worries of the day just sort of dissolved. The hibiscus in the house margarita is so fresh, and I love that this margarita is truly a little different than what you might expect of a “house” margarita. Alamexo gives you something special. And, we were just getting started.
You must try the Tacos De Pato Y Salsa Habanero off the Apretivos menu. The duck taco was outstanding. So incredibly flavorful and the duck was amazingly tender. This one little taco truly packed in some complex and interesting flavors. Roasted pulled duck on soft corn tortillas topped with yellow pepper – habanero cream salsa.
One of my favorite traditional Mexican dishes is Elotes — and Alamexo’s was wonderful. Simple, yet smoky and creamy. Corn — who knew it could be so fabulous? Elotes De Le Calle: Roasted corn with queso fresco, lime & chile molido.
You’ll also love Alamexo’s take on tacos. It isn’t expected, but it is truly fantastic in it’s “create your own” presentation. Tacos Cochinita Pibil: Achiote & bitter orange marinated pork shoulder, cooked in banana leaf, served with habanero pickled escabeche & sweet plantains. Perfection.
My VERY FAVORITE dish of the night was the Escalope Y Camarones Ajillo: Guajillo & garlic marinated scallops & shrimp, comal seared. Served over arroz con leche with wild mushrooms & roasted vegetables. Friends, this dish is incredible. The rice is so creamy and heavenly– and the pickled veggies add a vinegary zing that just pulls everything together. Not to mention, the seafood! Cooked perfectly and seasoned with Mexican flair. This dish really hits on the Yucatan inspiration in some of Chef Matt’s creations.
And MORE TEQUILA! We learned about the early components of the first margaritas, and the ingredients that were actually considered aphrodisiacs. And, with dessert? A little VIDA Anejo tequila with a juice chaser that was AMAZING.
Let us not forget the UNFORGETTABLE dessert. Fried sweet plantains, fresh churros, and tres leches cake — all basically worth every calorie they possess. Sweet with some heat, perfect with tequila, and the very best way to end an evening.
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*I was hosted by Alamexo for this dinner and post
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