When Kurt Riske and his business partners purchased Los Sombreros in 2017, staying true to the restaurant’s Central Mexico origins (original co-founder/chef Azucena Tovar hails from the region) was paramount. So they visited last fall for menu and design inspiration. Struck by the beauty of a San Miguel de Allende church, “we had an artist paint the mural of [it] at our Scottsdale location, and then we did a wrap of it on a patio wall at our Uptown location,” Riske says. He reminisces about his viaje.
Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende
“It was one of the nicest resorts I have ever stayed at,” Riske says. “The views were breathtaking.” In San Miguel, “we tried mole at every restaurant we walked into and were impressed by all of them.” Riske loved the cleanliness and walkability. “There is no traffic allowed in the middle of the city.” liveaqua.com/en
Sabores de Mexico
“This was one of the highest-rated restaurants in Mexico City, and it did not disappoint,” Riske says of the eatery at their hotel, Fiesta Americana Reforma. “The mezcal frozen margaritas were awesome, along with dishes we ate – the duck tostada being the most memorable for me.” fiestamericana.com/en
“While San Miguel was sleepy and Mexico City was super congested and busy, Oaxaca had a nice flow of not too busy nor slow,” Riske says. “We also found that the food overall fit our style the most.” Their favorite meal was at Casa Oaxaca, where they met chef Alejandro “Alex” Ruiz and “ate everything from octopus to cow’s tongue.” casaoaxacaelrestaurante.com