GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Step inside MeXo and you're in for an experience you won't have anywhere else in Grand Rapids, that's because their menu features ingredients rooted in the ancient Mexo-American tradition.
The restaurant and Tequila Mezcal Bar opened on Fulton Street just a few months ago and is encouraging diners to become part of their story.
Chef Oscar Moreno is the heart of MeXo, hailing from Puerto Vallarta, he's been waiting for years to open this restaurant that features pre-Hispanic modern Mexican flavors. And he's proud to show off the methods that set them apart.
"Being a chef inspired restaurant everything just has a story," said front of the house manager Anthony Murphy. "And we really want to convey that message to our guests when they come in so that they are part of the story too," he explained.
The menu offerings are different than you'll find anywhere else because it features dishes that were served in the era before the Spanish conquered Mexico. "We have a lot of seafood and wild game on the dinner menu, fantastic guacamole," said Anthony. " We use Aztec and Mayan ingredients. Lots of salmon, wild boar. Our carne asada everyone really likes. Some of the techniques that we are using in the kitchen are foreign to West Michigan."
Just one more thing that makes them unique, "We have greenhouses downstairs that grow some of our micro herbs and micro greens."
The flavors are resonating with West Michigan diners. "Grand Rapids needed a place like this, there is no where in Michigan that I know of that has a place like this," said one diner.
"These flavors are very traditional, they are very authentic, it's really impressive to be able to come in here and have a guac that has just the right amount of lime and salt," said another.
"We are striving to provide a place for a niche cuisine that if this is what you are looking for, you come here," explained Anthony.
Click here to check out their lunch and dinner menu. MeXo is owned by the same restaurant group as the Beach House and Zoko 822.
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