1. Elote Café
What is it? Started by James Beard nominee Chef Jeff Smedstad, this destination dining spot is named after a food—street corn—the chef learned about on his travels throughout Mexico.
Why go? The namesake, Elote, is a small dish of fire roasted corn cut straight off the cob with mayonnaise, lime, hot sauce and cotija cheese crumbles. It’s the must-try appetizer at this Mexican restaurant. Also worth trying: the cucumber margaritas and any entrée with molé.