Dining Guide

Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine

Categories
  • Mexican

Essential Information

5065 Pacific St.
Rocklin, CA 95677
916-701-4772

Chef Francisco Garcia grew up in Oaxaca, learning traditional methods at the feet of his parents and grandparents before segueing into fine dining (he met Mezcalito owner Ruben Regalado when they worked together at the upscale Oaxacan restaurant Agave Uptown in Oakland), and his pedigree shows at this hot-ticket hole in the wall, decked out with formica tables and colorful paint. Try the bright Mezcalito salad, which resembles a floral bouquet studded with ingredients like corn, almonds, quinoa and pomegranate, or the popular carnitas, which Garcia cooks in fat before griddling to crispy perfection. We love them both, but our favorite may be the enmoladas dish, chicken enchiladas smothered in dusky, complexly layered 22-ingredient mole and arranged beside a triangular serving of rice, an homage to the city of Oaxaca’s pre-Columbian heritage. Now that’s a pyramid scheme we can get behind.

Additional Information

Neighborhood: Rocklin

Average Entrée Price: $10-$20

Serving:
Breakfast
Dinner
Lunch

Website: https://www.mezcalitocuisine.com