We’ve happily ventured to New Haven twice already to sample our way through this new Mexican street food “garage” since its opening in late September. Located at the corner of Fountain and Center Street in Westville, this lively joint is in the award-winning hands of Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho, of Geronimo and Shell & Bones. The fresh-faced eatery serves a variety of tasty tacos, seasonal salads, and loads of other street food favorites, inspired by Franco-Camacho’s childhood in Tijuana. On both visits we sat, bundled up, under heat lamps out on the industrial patio by the shipping container bar. Oversized (and still open) garage doors give way to a big oval bar and booth seating amongst vintage-gas-station-inspired decor. We devoured the bubbling queso filled with mushrooms and poblano and marveled at the bright and herbaceous guacamole – topped with tarragon, mint, basil and pepitas. We can’t resist Street Corn and Camacho’s rendition of Chipotle mayo, Cotija, Ancho powder, and lime was as pretty as it was flavorful. We gobbled up the crispy Croquetas filled with sweet plantain and crab and couldn’t resist the smothered Ancho Curly Fries.
And of course, tacos! We gobbled up the Lamb Barbacoa and the Ensenada Fish. ¡Bravo!
36 Fountain Street in New Haven
By Laura Williams