BRINGING THE HEAT: Chef Robert Berry spent many months in Mexico learning the country’s cuisine and techniques.
String lights illuminate the cheerful outdoor patio.
FIESTA FEEL: Housed in the former Zappo’s Pizza spot on King Street, Pancito & Lefty may not call attention to itself from the sidewalk, but bright interior walls popping with magenta and teal put diners in a lively mood. At the counter, bartenders mix smoky mezcal-based cocktails and margaritas.
FIERY FLAVOR: Seriously spicy aguachile is tempered with a refreshing tequila, ginger, and carrot cocktail.
Fried pork is paired with avocado and crunchy veggies on a torta.
Pozole rojo, a hearty soup with pork shoulder and hominy, awaits fresh toppings.