12/17/2012 02:00:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate This Weekend: Queso at Bar Ama

Josef Centeno debuted his newest baby, Bar Ama, this weekend, just a flatbread's throw from Baco Mercat in Downtown LA. The two spots are similar in nature but very different, mostly because Bar Ama, an ode to his mother and grand-mother's cooking, features puffy tacos instead of bacos, chille relleno, sizzling fajitas by the pound and other Tex Mex-inspired eats. If you're going to serve Tex Mex anything, queso better be on the menu, and boy is it ever here.

Centeno's version is as smooth and creamy and addictive as any, topped with a spoonful of guacamole and sour cream. Go ahead and get the additional chorizo, you won't be sorry. Dip the thick and crispy tortilla chips in it, or like us, dip everything in it: chicken fried steak, borracho beans, spicy pork barbacoa tacos or even a finger. Ok, maybe even sopapillas. We know, stop. But it's just that good.

The restaurant was already buzzing with neighbors saddling up to the bar for tequila Old Fashioneds and The Nacho, a super refreshing cocktail made with tequila, Campari, honey and chile-lime shrub. There was queso on almost every table. Cool space, good music and fun food, we can't wait to go back.


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