nopa’s casual Mexican offshoot rocks the house, with regional dishes made with excellent local/organic ingredients. The juicy carnitas are a hands-down favorite (especially when I’m eating any leftovers the next day with some eggs), and it’s the perfect season for Nopalito’s flavor-riffic pozole. Be sure to try something with their housemade masa, whether it’s a tamale, a tortilla (mmm, quesadillas), or the delicious chips in the saucy chilaquiles dish for breakfast (pictured). And yay, there’s easy and free parking in the adjoining lot.
TIP: Call ahead to get your name on the waiting list during busy times.