The Trinity Groves mega-development continues to expand: Hot on the heels of soon-to-open Sushi Bayashi is Sugar Skull Cafe, a fast-casual "homage to Mexico City street food" by Casa Rubia (and former Driftwood) owner Jonn Baudoin.
Besides the "authentic style Mexican city tacos" Baudoin originally promised when SideDish first reported on the concept back in April, Sugar Skull Cafe will also feature coffee, breakfast tacos, and house-baked pan dulce (a Mexican sweet bread) in the mornings. Baudoin says he's installing a La Marzocco espresso machine and will be brewing beans roasted locally by the Design District's Ascension Coffee.
For lunch and dinner, there will be street tacos with fillings like barbacoa, suadero, and carnitas garnished traditionally with cilantro and onion, as well as more dressed-up varieties like cornmeal-crusted snapper and chile-rubbed shrimp with avocado. There will also be "tacos de cazuela," family-style DIY tacos based around a large hunk of protein like leg of lamb or pork shoulder. Other items include chips and guac, several ceviches, huaraches and quesadillas, and churros for dessert; margaritas will also be part of the equation.
Overseeing the kitchen as executive chef is Ricardo Ledezma, who hails from Casa Rubia; he's also spent time at Dallas Fish Market, Local, Hibiscus, and CBD Provisions.
Baudoin says they're looking at a mid-March opening; they'll start off with breakfast and lunch, with dinner service to be added later.