Plazero Grilled Corn, Hussong’s Cantina

This cantina originated in Ensenada, Mexico, and it is the birthplace of the margarita. The dish that goes best with that famous beverage here is the one that chef Noe Alcala says gets its name from “the street carts in the corners of the plaza selling corn” in Ensenada. The appetizer/side is grilled white corn brushed with mayo-butter and covered with cotija cheese, and it’s quickly gaining its own fame. $6, Mandalay Place, 553-0123.

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Bars end up with “secret” cocktails when the news about something utterly delicious but off-menu gets into the hands of just the right crowd. Then comes the tipping point, when everyone knows about it, and then comes the time for a new secret cocktail. Such was the case with the Beckett, a hyper-popular cocktail at the Mandarin Bar (mango nectar, Soho lychee liqueur, lemongrass-infused simple syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice with sparkling wine). With the Beckett now happily installed on the menu, the sexy lounge with the killer view needs a new secret.

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