Lined up for Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca
By Dylan Bailey
Nothing quite matches the excitement of trying out a newly opened restaurant. Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca is one such location that has garnered substantial attention. The restaurant promises an upscale, authentic Mexican cuisine experience, and I must say, it didn’t disappoint.
From the people behind the beloved Pablo’s Mexican restaurant, this new venture has undergone a significant transformation in both its ambiance and menu. In the heart of Centre Street, the restaurant stands out with its striking architecture and inviting atmosphere. The building’s exterior is eye-catching, with an aesthetic that beautifully blends with the street’s charm.
As I stepped inside, I was captivated by the lively energy that radiated from the patrons. The decor is tastefully done, with a blend of modern and traditional elements that create a warm, inviting atmosphere. The restaurant offers two distinct seating areas – a bar area and a more traditional dining section. Each space is beautifully crafted, with the bar area boasting stunning decorations, while the dining area provides a cozier, more intimate environment.
The menu at Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca is thoughtfully curated and filled with a variety of dishes. Whether you’re a fan of traditional Mexican cuisine or looking to try something new, it won’t take long for a dish to grab your attention.
To start with, I decided to try the Mezcal mussels ($15). It arrived with a generous portion of mussels and swimming in a spicy broth that added a unique flavor and a hint of saltiness. A few slices of smoky sausage were hidden underneath that added a nice pop of flavor. It was a delightful way to kick off the evening.
For the main course, I opted for the asada street tacos ($20). They arrived beautifully presented, with the asada cooked to perfection. This dish also came with a habanero sauce that added just the right amount of kick. I loved the addition of the grilled leek and flavorful rice, which made it a well-rounded, satisfying dish.
With the next entree, I decided to try something I would consider a safe bet at any Mexican restaurant – the chimichanga. I was pleasantly surprised not only by the presentation but the taste. The beef chimichanga ($16) was crispy on the outside with a soft, flaky inside. It was, without a doubt, one of the best chimichangas I’ve ever had.
To round out the night, I ordered the tres leches cake ($10). This dessert was heavenly. It was moist, flavorful, and decadently sweet. I highly recommend trying this dessert.
Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca successfully manages to offer a delightful dining experience. The food is exceptional, the ambiance inviting, and the staff are friendly. This place is a must-visit if you’re in the area and looking for an unforgettable culinary adventure.
Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca
Address: 302 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Open: Tuesday – Sunday (4-10 p.m.)