We’ve been waiting anxiously for this opening, so we’re happy to report that The Painted Burro has officially starting serving its Mexican eats in the former Gargoyles space on Elm Street in Davis Square. (We miss you G, but welcome The Painted B!)
This is exciting because a) we love tasty Mexican food, b) anything with tequila is on our personal drink list, and c) the Painted Burro comes from the people behind one of our favorite Davis Square eateries, Posto. And if chef Joe Cassinelli’s Mexican eats are as delicious as Posto’s pizza treats, you’ll be seeing us here often. Or at Posto if we can’t get a reservation. Or vice versa. (Seriously, we’re bummed we haven’t made it over to eat yet, but as soon as we do, we promise an update. And from the comments we’ve seen on their Facebook page, and Yelp, we won’t be disappointed.)
The Painted Burro’s Oaxacan-inspired cuisine features everything from tacos to slow cooked moles to ceviches to… Oaxacan cheese grits. Say what? We want. And their tequila list is extensive, without the gimmicky 200+ selections offered at many recent tequila bars. There are also margaritas aplenty, rum and vodka specialty cocktails, and of course, cervezas and vinos. (Note: The menu is meat heavy. There are fish and a vegetarian options, but this is not the focus.)
We also love the decor by Laurie Gorelick Interiors. Its refined but rustic with repurposed wood tables and simple metal accents, but also fun, even whimsical, as evidenced by the fantastic murals and colorful touches like the friendly skeleton sitting in the front window enticing passersby to come in for a cocktail. It worked on us, unfortunately, we passed by a few days before the joint opened.
Details: The Painted Burro, 219 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, 617.776.0005, www.thepaintedburro.com (And for a better look inside, click on the photo below to take you to Thrillist, who got inside before the opening.)