I've been finding myself in Davis Square more frequently since the openings of Saloon and Five Horses Tavern, and now with another recent addition to Davis, The Painted Burro, I don't see why I shouldn't just move there and get it over with. The Painted Burro is a funky taco bar with a Mexican street food-esque menu. They serve tacos, over 100 varieties of tequila, interesting tequila and mezcal-based cocktails, mexican beers, ceviches, and tons and tons of tortilla chips with plenty of dips to choose from.
Be forewarned, the place is LOUD, so don't expect a quiet romantic dinner. It's much better suited for dinner with friends on a Friday or Saturday night. You'll have to yell at the person sitting across from you in order for them to hear you, but that ends up happening after a few cocktails regardless.
Here's some of what the Painted Burro has to offer...
Monte Alban Mezcal, Lunazul Reposado, grapefruit, sugar, Xocolatl Mole Bitters.
Margarita de la Casa
Agavales Blanco, Combier, lime juice
avocado, cilantro, sea salt & white onion.
"cheesy cheesy goodness" (Oaxaca, Chihuahua & Manchego cheeses) w/ tomatillo & crispy tortillas
Maine Redfish, Red Snapper & Sea Scallops, avocado salsa, lime, scallions, pickled red grape, radish
savoy cabbage & jalapeno slaw, baja mayo
Skirt Steak ”Asada"
Archer Angus, ME, garlic mojo, roasted poblano rajas
with farm egg “soleado” & papas, chipotle mayo
As goes with every new restaurant, there were hits and misses. Highlights of the meal were the queso fundito, which was fantastic, the ceviche, and the chorizo taco, which was surprisingly easy to eat with the egg. The salsa had a tropical flavor, which isn't really up my alley (I'm more of a tomato salsa purist), and I thought the fish taco could have used more spice.
Overall we had a fun time, The Painted Burro is definitely worth the trip to Davis.
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.