"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Vihuela pickin'.

Went to Distrito for dinner tonight. H notes that it's run by Amada and Tinto head chef Jose Garces.

The decor is pretty cool, very oddball, and somehow manages to be eccentric without becoming tacky. The restaurant is huge, two floors, plenty of floorspace. Huge booths that put you in mind of 2001 line the walls.

The ratio of servers to customers was impressive, though presumably if the place is ever packed, that would be less noticeable. It was perhaps a quarter full tonight; H made reservations, but they were certainly not needed.

The food, "upscale Mexican", was pretty excellent. I especially enjoyed the carnitas tacos. H was having fits over the mole verde, and it was pretty tasty, but I'm just not a big mole guy. The queso fundido was delicious. We ended up sharing five items, and were both pretty stuffed by the end of the meal.

They also serve roasted nuts (heavy on the lime -- very tasty) to snack on between dishes.

Next time we go, I'm definitely going to save room for a churro. Because churros are delicious.

It's not a quiet place, which is probably my biggest complaint. There was a mariachi wandering around; he was very good, and it alternated between being awesome and annoying as it made conversation basically impossible (to be fair, I had a sore throat, so I couldn't speak particularly loudly anyway).

Overall, it's a very cool place, and worth the trip if you even remotely enjoy Mexican food and quirky restaurants.

Between the enchiladas (which had a subtle traditional taste under the upscale) and the mariachi, the place honestly made me kind of homesick.

August 7, 2008 2:00 AM