Best Tex-Mex

Lopez

This unpretentious cantina combines a quirky sense of humor with a serious devotion to delivering a memorable dining experience. The ever-evolving menu riffs on a Tex-Mex theme, with sassy little tidbits like blue cheese and sage guacamole, mezcal-marinated chicken, and crab cakes on a citrus-fennel salad with cilantro aioli. Reasonably sized portions, together with Lopez's proximity to the Cedar Lee Theatre, make for a perfect pre-film meal. But leave plenty of time: a colorful dining room, airy patio, and handsome bar, well stocked with more than two dozen tequilas, will make getting up from the dinner table more difficult than you might anticipate.