Despite an affinity for what's trending, as evidenced by my incessant checking of the Eater’s HeatMap, which details the hottest restaurants by city, certain restaurants achieve staple designation. After three visits in a single month, The Black Ant has safely secured its spot. This isn’t Dos Caminos. It’s its cooler, distant cousin. Expect the atypical -tequila and corn juice cocktails with a black ant salt rim, mezcal braised shortribs and cactus tacos. For the budget conscious, I recommend going during happy hour, which runs from 4-7pm daily. Arrive at 6:45, order a couple of $6 margaritas (+$1 for the Spicy Jalapeno or Cucumber), definitely the guacamole (with jicama and black ant salt), and any of the $8 entrees. Trust me on this one.
The Nitty Gritty: Typically, reservations can be made the day of or a few days prior, but they have a cool bar with lounge seats for small parties that do not require a reservation. Also, for those willing to relinquish control, the staff provides excellent recommendations -hello rabbit enchiladas.