Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Yucatan Food in Healdsburg

One of my frequent complaints about Bay Area dining is the lack of quality Mexican restaurants.  Yes, there are scores of taquerias where you can get tasty tacos, tamales, and burritos, but Mexican food is much more complex.  Recently, I had the chance to dine at Mateo's Cocina Latina, just off of Healdsburg's town square.  

I had been hearing about Mateo's tasty Yucatan-inspired food ever since it opened about six months ago.  To start you can choose from the drinks list, which includes a long list of tequilas and margaritas as well as micro-brews on draft and, of course, wines.

The menu uses mostly locally sourced ingredients to produce some of the tastiest Mexican food around.  We started with a black bean puree tacone.  Mateo's offers a variety of these small, ice-cream cone shaped appetizers but one was enough for us.  We also enjoyed a delicious seafood cocktail, a huge duck tamale, and a jicama salad.  There were many other dishes we wanted to try but one can only eat so much at one seating.  I'll just have to return to continue my way through Mateo's appealing menu.

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