Alamexo Cantina Chef Matt Lake shows us how to make some delicious Mexican Street Corn!
Chef’s Chops: Lake was named Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef in 1996. As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, he trained under Chef Mark Miller at the now-defunct D.C. Red Sage. He created Mexican specialty cuisine at Rosa Mexicano in New York City, one of the city’s best upscale Mexican restaurants.
Now open in the 9th and 9th area and by all counts, doing great business, and for good reason. I’m a long-term fan of Alamexo and Lake’s cooking. I’ve had a few sneak previews of the food and am excited about this spot, I guarantee it will be impossible to get a seat on a sunny Summer afternoon on the patio next year.
Since opening in 2014, Matthew Lake's Alamexo Mexican Kitchen has been a standout Salt Lake City restaurant serving authentic, refined regional Mexican fare. Although it's far from formal, Lake has desired for some time to open a more casual, no-reservations-required eatery offering the same top-notch cuisine, but in a cantina-type atmosphere. Whether you pop in for a margarita and botanas (appetizers) or a full meal, you'll really love what Lake and his team have done with the place.
Alamexo Cantina glows in bright lights above the open patio of the newest addition to Salt Lake’s hip 9th and 9th neighborhood scene. The very cool (and much anticipated) eatery is the latest offering by owner and Executive Chef Matt Lake who is known for his award-winning Alamexo Mexican Kitchen downtown. The Cantina’s easy-going, celebrate-the-moment style of dining translates to its simple, yet festive décor. Not surprisingly, the menu at the Cantina is just as intriguing as the downtown version, but it’s more casual, more come-as-you-are. There are no reservations, but that’s no problem. The space is large, welcoming and relaxed. You have to love Lake’s passion and enthusiasm.
With Alamexo Cantina, Utah chef/owner Matt Lake hopes to replicate the casual, family-style dining experience one might find in a market in Mexico. The menu features gourmet enchiladas, tacos and other Mexican specialties.
For those of you who haven't been to Alamexo downtown, or his previous project, ZY, I highly suggest you try Chef Lake's creations out. He is, in my opinion, one of the most talented chefs in the city. His newest project is Alamexo Cantina, which opened this week in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. The style of service is different than at Alamexo downtown. The cantina cuisine is reminiscent of a street market in Mexico, but in a sit-down situation. There is a gorgeous candle wall that is interesting during the bright daytime hours, but turns into something living, breathing, and very special at night.
If you've been eagerly awaiting the completion of this new restaurant, mark your calendars, because Alamexo Cantina opens in the 9th and 9th neighborhood on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Owner and Executive Chef Matt Lake, the man behind the award-winning Alamexo, has long been planning this more casual, family-friendly, Mexican market-style cantina for some time. He and his staff are excited to introduce a neighborhood gathering place where everything is served family style in a bright casual setting. The food is served up all at once, much like diners would experience in a Mexican market.
This central Mexican street food (Tlaycoyo con queso) is prepared on a comal—Chef Lake’s favorite cooking instrument—and features green chile and Oaxaca cheese topped with lettuce, radish and cilantro.
Zesty and substantial—this snack (Tlaycoyo con queso) is sure to satisfy. Pair it with a margarita and housemade guacamole for the full Alamexo Cantina experience.