Since opening on East Sixth Street in March 2018, Suerte has generated critical acclaim with its interior Mexican menu by Executive Chef Fermín Nuñez. I visited recently to sample the cuisine and cocktails. Here are a few of the highlights.
Thank you to Suerte for allowing me to sample food and drinks at no charge. All opinions are my own.
Suerte’s appetizers, know as “snackcidents,” range from chips with lentils and yogurt, to pork cheek molotes. I settled on a corn-based starter and wasn’t disappointed by my choice.
Sweet Corn Esquites Con Fontina
Suerte’s unique take on Mexican street corn packs a lot of flavor into one glass. Layers of cooked, sweet corn and tortilla chips are topped with creme and spices for a satisfying snack.
Suerte offers guests a wide variety of cocktails, beers, and wine. The restaurant also has a daily happy hour cleverly dubbed “Lucky Hour,” after Suerte’s English meaning.
Select cocktails get the “six finger discount” every night from 5-6 p.m. Why six fingers instead of five? Suerte’s symbol is a hand with six fingers, rumored to be a sign of good luck. With $6 draft cocktails and $5 snackcidents during Lucky Hour, I’d say that rumor is true.
While the eatery offers beer from multiple local breweries, Suerte has teamed up with Hops & Grain to create a special house lager. This light beer features notes of citrus, thanks to Citra hops reminiscent of Pacifico and other Mexican beers. Suerte Lager is intended to perfectly complement and balance the spiciness of the food items.
Another exclusive and must-try beverage on Suerte’s menu is the Desert Drifter. This cocktail is made with local Desert Door Sotol, ancho verde, cucumber, lemon, and celery bitters. If you’re a fan of tequila or mezcal, or just looking for something different, then I highly recommend this refreshing cocktail. While the flavor profile may be reminiscent of tequila or mezcal, sotol is actually neither. It’s Texas’ newest liquor derived from the desert spoon plant found in West Texas and Mexico.
Suerte’s food menu keeps it simple with items such as carne asada, cold and raw dishes such as ceviche, and “Vitamina T” options like tacos, tostadas, and tule.
Suerte’s suadero tacos were my final order, due to the intriguing black magic oil listed in the ingredients. When the plate arrived, I was presented with tender confit brisket and avocado salsa cruda wrapped in a masa tortilla.
All in all, some of the top tacos I’ve had in town. While the flavor profile was unique because of the black magic oil earthiness, there was still a street food quality that made me reminiscence about my many trips to Mexico City.
Dessert: Chamomile Panna Cotta
If there was ever a time to save room for dessert, it would be at Suerte. The restaurant’s panna cotta is summer in a bowl. Masa cookie, white chocolate meringue, and vibrant peaches and berries combine to yield a stunner for the eyes and palate.
This dessert is so light and refreshing that you’ll swear it’s healthy.
Know Before You Go
With the growing popularity of Suerte, wait times often exceed 45 minutes on the weekends. Because of this, I strongly advise anyone wishing to dine at this establishment to make a reservation ahead of time.
You should also note that if you show up without a reservation, there is little room to stand and wait away from the hustle and bustle of the busy restaurant staff and other patrons.
Suerte’s parking consists of courtesy valet only, due to the prime location on East Sixth.
1800 E 6th St. – Website
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