The namesake of this restaurant comes from the southwestern Mexican state of Jalisco, also home to the town of Tequila, the original birthplace of the liquor coveted and damned by high school, college, and late night drinkers the world over.
Unlike many taquerias serving steamed grayish grilled meats, the eats are so good here, you don't have to be drunk on the stuff to pull up a seat to the carved stone tables in the dining room.
Though the menu – which spans breakfast to dinner – is huge, the tacos served on warm corn tortillas are tops. There's plenty of options, but the best are: Lomo encebollada featuring caramelized ribeye chunks grilled medium with plenty of sweet caramelized onions; green chili slathered oozy cheese stuffed poblano peppers, aka the chile relleno, and spit roasted al pastor or pork bathed in its own sputtering oregano and garlic perfumed juices. On the weekends, there is also a soul satisfying bowl of spicy rich menudo soup available that shouldn't be missed.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Michael Nagrant