Tex-Mex. Shop 2, G/F, Ryan Mansion, 31-37 Mosque St., Mid-Levels, 3620-2323.
This Tex-Mex joint may be colorful inside, but its open-air front on quiet Mosque Street makes it a peaceful place to while away an evening.
HIT The servings at Xoco are BIG: no teeny-tiny $80 tacos here. An enormous chimichanga with pulled pork ($158) can easily feed two, a huge tortilla packed with fresh ingredients before being deep-fried and served on a bed of rice, salsa and black beans. The pork was tender and juicy but perhaps a little lacking in seasoning, although a glug of the house-made habanero sauce soon solved that. The carne asada grilled steak ($198) was a large, well-cooked hunk of striploin, served on the same bed of rice, salsa and beans. It was precisely medium-rare and tender, though again needed sauce to amp up the flavor. Still, for under $200, it was a steal. Bottles of beer, including the malty Mexican Bohemia, all went for an agreeable $48 per bottle. And while you might have expected the free tortilla chips and salsa at the start of the meal, a couple of free shots of tequila at the end were a nice surprise to cap off our night.
MISS The salbute ($88), a crispy puffed-up fried tortilla, was topped with the same pulled pork as the chimichanga, but there wasn’t enough else going on to distract us from that lack of flavor.
BOTTOM LINE Tasty and above all affordable Tex-Mex bites had us walking out stuffed, sated, and mulling over maybe just one more tequila shot…
Open Mon 6-9:30pm, Tue-Sun noon-9:30pm. $$