Rokito's Mexican Streetside Kitchen

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Dried chili peppers dangle from the ceiling at this counter service eatery, and owner Rocky Barocco Alicea, who did the design for Porkchop and Sawtooth, has hung Day of the Dead paintings and Mexican wrestlers pics on its walls. The traditional-Mexican-with-a-twist menu--think Mexican coffee mixed with cayenne pepper, chocolate powder and cinnamon--echoes Rokito's quirky decor. During the day, Uptown residents can stop by for Alicea's fried tilapia and Japanese panko breading fish tacos, saffron-and-cilantro-seasoned black beans or a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with chipotle sauce. On weekends, a late-night window next to the entrance serves $1.50 tacos after the dining room closes at 11 p.m.