The name “Bakan” means “tortilla” in the Huasteca Mexican region, and it’s a fitting name for this stunning new Wynwood restaurant. At this Mexican hot spot, headed by Chef Oscar del Rivero, handmade tortillas are created in house every day.
At this indoor-outdoor venue on a buzzy corner of Northwest Second Avenue – the main thoroughfare of Wynwood – the outdoor terrace is lined with cactus. Illuminated brown and green hanging basket fixtures hang in the bar. The indoor dining room features an open kitchen and a four-tiered glass case filled with more than 500 mezcals and tequilas.
On a recent Thursday night, the outdoor bar and the indoor dining room were packed with a stylish crowd sipping mezcal cocktails.
Mexican favorites like guacamole, quesadillas and enchiladas along with salads and ceviches. Prices are reasonable with small plates $8-$14 and larger mains $14-$36.
Start off with light dishes of ceviche, fresh-pounded guacamole and the “los equites” – street corn with lemon, chile powder, mayo and cotija cheese. Crispy chicken tacos lead the taco list, along with grilled sea bass, Alaskan King crab and carnitas.
The “A La Leña” section of the menu features meats and vegetables cooked over a wood-burning grill that brings out the smoky flavors of cuts like a 12-ounce rib eye or the chicken in adobo. They are served rustic-style on a wood board piled with Panela cheese, avocado, roasted poblanos, cactus salad and salsa verde. Mole is done three ways, including the “mole negro” over chicken and topped with goat cheese.
Desserts keep the Mexican vibe going with goat cheese cheesecake and chocolate churros.
The bottom line
If you’re in Wynwood and looking for a chic bar scene along with solid Mexican food, you’re in luck.