Those of you who have read this blog for any length of time probably already know that I have a thing for food related shows – the Food Network is my go to channel. Everything from Chopped to Iron Chef.
One quick glance at the drink menu and I knew this place was for me. With an entire page of tequilas, tequila flights (We will be back to try one of those for sure) and various Spanish wines/beer.
As tempting as those were, the cocktail list stole my heart. Margaritas and Mezcal? Yes, please. Margaritas are always my go to drink and this one was phenomenal. The combination of the sweet citrus from the blood orange with the spiciness from the habanero made for a perfect summer drink to sip on the patio.
And since I have had a recent fondness for mules I also indulged in the Mezcal Mule – made with mezcal – it was one of the best twists on a mule I’ve had yet. Mezcal is a close cousin to tequila, but has a smokier taste.
Lance and I ordered chips and guacamole to start. Always a win in my book, but the addition of the cotija made the avocado taste even more buttery and smooth.
Our waiter also brought out these adorable mini corn muffins. What is that stuff around them you ask? Oh that’s just chili spiced honey, no big deal. We made it our mission to make sure we got all that right off the plate. No shame.
On a whim I decided to order the Ceviche de Kampachi. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered ceviche in my life, but if there ever was a time for it I am glad it was then. This ended up being my favorite thing I ate the entire night. It was a perfect combination of both sweet a spicy – orange and pineapple + habanero for the win. The entire dish felt sophisticated and sexy, I think it was the crunchy plantains and pressed chili oil that pushed it over the top for me.
The food at Distrito is meant to be served family style. I can definitely see why because as soon as we started tasting taco after taco it was hard to pick an all out winner.
The Pescado taco featured a plantain crusted mahi mahi which was wonderfully crispy – and served with a spicy chipotle remoulade.
My go to taco choice is always a chicken, so I love it when there’s a dish with a little more pizzazz to the chicken. The ropa vieja is tender and juicy and beaming with spices and flavor. I think I’m going to start topping everything with radishes because it makes things look so fresh and light.
My second favorite thing I ate? This carnitas taco with pineapple salsa. Something about that combination totally threw me off guard – Lance and I were bargaining for the last bit.
Our waiter was absolutely wonderful. He knew every item on the menu backwards and forwards and could describe almost any ingredient used to make it. I love getting to talk to other people about ingredients and food in general so he made the experience that much better (plus he knew about all the most delicious items on the menu).
One of Chef Garces’ tricks in Kitchen Stadium is to whip up a dish with octopus, so we had to try the octopus dish on his menu. The spicy jalapeno sauce and the tangy caper sauce were two things I wouldn’t expect to pair together but they complimented each other quite well.
Lance’s choice of the night was the pork belly. I’m not quite sure what exactly was in that glaze on the pork belly but it was both sweet and spicy – and bold enough to stand up to the tender pork.
I honestly wasn’t sure that I could fit in even one bite of dessert, but a quick look at the menu and I knew we had to give them a try. Lance isn’t a chocolate fan so we went with the lime and coconut panna cotta. I loved how fresh and bright the flavors were in this dessert. It’s one of those desserts that are perfect for a hot day.
And last, but not least we tried this show stopping Chocolate Torte. The level chocolate here is no joke – they used it in almost every way possible – and that toasted marshmallow crème on the side was divine.
With so many choices of Mexican food around the valley, I love that Distrito breaks the mold and makes the dishes original – especially with all the spicy/sweet combinations. I think Lance and I have to get a tequila + taco night on the agenda for later this summer.
Disclaimer: A portion of this meal was sponsored by Distrito. I am not being compensated for anything written in this post. All thoughts and views included in this post about Distrito are my own.