Blue Corn co-owner Amado Sandoval says he is aiming for a higher standard of Mexican fare than the numerous other establishments along the Italian Market strip. He says his menu features dishes that would be likely to be found in a sophisticated Mexico City restaurant rather than a streetside taco stand. Everything is handmade, and the staff — actually, it’s an all-family affair — shops daily for fresh ingredients.
As for the name, blue corn is a key ingredient in San Mateo, Puebla, where Sandoval was raised. It has more nutrients and flavor than standard yellow corn and pops up as an ingredient in several items on the menu (check it out below), including a tasty blue margarita with a rim of sweetened blue corn flour called pinole.
The cocktail list is actually pretty extensive, and Sondoval is hoping to catch the late-night crowd that Torero never quite capitalized on.
Hours will be seven days a week until 2 a.m., opening Monday to Thursday at 10 a.m. for early lunch, and in about two weeks at 7 a.m. from Friday to Sunday for breakfast. No website yet, but here’s the nascent Yelp page.
Stop by and say hi. By the way, the tamarind margarita was really good, too.