First Look: Barrio Cantina
When Michael Schlow closed his Fenway eatery, Happyâ€™s, after just eight months in business, no one expected him to reopen with a completely new concept in under four weeks. Restaurants, after all, take months (if not years) to develop. And yet Schlowâ€™s Barrio Cantina appeared right on schedule in February, offering a long list of Tex-Mex standardsâ€”quesadillas, tacos, fruity margaritas, and one very large burritoâ€”in a high-energy atmosphere. The Fenway area has seen its share of Mexican fare over the years (see: Ken Oringerâ€™s La Verdad and the quick-service spot El PelĂłn, both just a few blocks over), and while Schlow definitely isnâ€™t reinventing the wheel here, there are a few standouts on the menu: namely, the gooey carnitas quesadilla topped with a piquant corn salsa ($8), andâ€”perhaps as a nod to the now-famous burger from his flagship, Radiusâ€”a juicy beef patty ($13) dressed up with jack cheese, avocado, bacon, and jalapeĂ±os.
1363 Boylston St., Boston, 857-753-4100, barrioboston.com.
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