Valencia’s West of Pecos, the Tex-Mex restaurant from the people behind seafood stalwart Woodhouse Fish Co., has been firing on all cylinders. Hiding behind the painted cow skulls and dried chiles hanging from the ceiling are some great hearty dishes (I’m partial to the ribs.) The happy hour dollar tacos (pork, duck, and veggie) from 5-6:30 really put it over the top.
As for the drink menu, the selections have been pared down to the best of the best and at this point it’s hard to go wrong. Although the ladies seem to gravitate toward the beautiful and tasty Prickly Pecos Marg, I spend most of my time with the Rodeo Ghost, a bitter, smoky mezcal cocktail that’s surprisingly drinkable, which unfortunately often leads me to have three in a row. A modified negroni, the drink uses amaro and bitters to cut through the overbearing flavor of the mezcal. And it just looks sharp, right?
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