The taco takeover continues with Entrada, a new Mexican eatery and speakeasy which softly opened earlier this month in Little Italy; it was a relatively quiet return for Michael Viscuso, a high-profile local club developer who once operated a nightlife-focused venue in the same 7,500-square-foot space almost a decade ago.
Executive chef Jorge Garcia says he'll change the menu every six months and start featuring daily specials in December; for now, there are snacks, from queso fundido to empanadas, tamales and an ahi tuna ceviche with avocado, mango and serrano chile and featured tacos in the $4 to $5 range that include rajas con queso, chicken mole, octopus and the Toluca, filled with housemade green chorizo and flat iron steak. His signature dessert, churros, are filled with Mexican cajeta and served with dark chocolate-tequila sauce. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), Entrada also houses a large central bar which stocks craft beer, wine and agave spirit-based cocktails that range from a Smoked Paloma to tequila versions of a Mule and an Old Fashioned.
Behind the dining room is a speakeasy, currently only open on Fridays and Saturdays, though its hours may expand soon for special nights and promotions, including Taco Tuesday. The dark den, which includes a DJ-booth and dance floor, features a slightly "craftier" cocktail list that centers around brown spirits and higher-end brands.