Here's an inside look at Mexican Sugar at the Shops at Legacy. It's the newest venture from Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco creator Fork It Over LLC, and after an eight-month renovation it's basically unrecognizable from its previous incarnation as Coast Global Seafood.
Executive chef/partner Eric Justice explains the menu as "a cleaner approach to Mexican cooking," meaning you won't find any gloppy enchiladas or sugary frozen margaritas here — more like a bone-in pork chop with orange agave butter, reposado tequila clams with Spanish chorizo, and tacos that Velvet Taco fans will recognize instantly, served in the same distinctive metal holders with housemade corn tortillas.
The bar scene is already bustling, and for good reason — Mexican Sugar offers 16 cocktails on tap, including a pisco sour that gets egg white froth added before serving, and a whopping nine different varieties of ice such as house-pressed ice spheres and purple chicha morada cubes for the chicha sour.
Anyone wanting to check out the Shops at Legacy's new hot spot would probably be wise to make a reservation — peak dinner hour on Saturday night found the hostesses quoting wait times of up to three hours, despite the fact that the restaurant has an impressive 300-plus seats. It's currently open for dinner nightly, with lunch service beginning Tuesday, November 12. Scope out the full dinner and cocktail menus below.