Think small at Mijo’s Mezcal Bar.
Stationed at 3701 N Main St. in the Greater Heights is Cantina Barba, a bustling taqueria and patio that serves an smoky array of Tex-Mex dishes with authentic no-nonsense flavor. Tucked away in the corner of their back patio is a scanty, nondescript, somewhat rusty container. The door on which advertises “Mijo’s Mezcal Bar” – which, to our knowledge, lays the smallest bar in Houston. [Featured image: @mijomezcalbar]
Cantina Barba began as a food truck, turning out cheap, massively popular tacos to the point where they were able to open up a brick-and-mortar a few years back. Though their menu options are limited, each dish is packed with flavor. Their tacos range from $2.50 – $4 a piece with options that include Carne Asada, Barbacoa, Smoked Pork, Papas Con Rajas, Pork Hash, Steak and Eggs, and more, as well as Birria Tacos on Mondays.
With a number of sides, that include elotes and plantains, the cantina also offers larger dishes such as their Cantina Cheeseburger, a no-frills burger perked up with the cantina’s special pickles, Quesadilla, and Deez Nacho Fries made with queso, guacamole, jalapeño, crema, beans, and pico.
The Cantina is also known for its mezcal-infused cocktails. While you’re free to enjoy them in the open air of the patio, you should peak past the mysterious wooden door in the corner, behind which is the tiniest bar in Houston.
Saturated neon lights up the bar’s interior, of which features a glittered bar top, a Dia de los Muertos-inspired mural and art installation reminiscent of GOT’s Hall of Faces.
Their margaritas are top notch, with other stronger cocktail options such as the Death Proof, made with Blanco and Reposado Tequila, mezcal, guava, lime, and hibiscus; and the Horchata Colada with Arette Tequila, Coco Lopez, Horchata pineapple, and lime.
Cantina Barba is open from 9 am – 2 am Sunday through Thursday, and 9 am – 3 am Friday and Saturday. Mijo’s is open from Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm – 2 am.
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