By Elena Kadvany
From the owner of LV Mar and La Viga, a Palo Alto restaurant inspired by Mexico CityUploaded: Jan 23, 2020
Manuel Martinez, the chef-owner behind the popular LV Mar and La Viga restaurants in Redwood City, is opening a Palo Alto eatery inspired by the street food of Mexico City.
San Agus, short for his hometown of San Agustin in Mexico City, will open this spring at 115 Hamilton Ave., where Teaquation & Tonic closed in November.
Carne asada, pollo and cochinita tacos from La Viga in Redwood City. Owner Manuel Martinez's newest restaurant will focus on Mexico City street food. Photo by Veronica Weber.
San Agus will serve antojitos, or street food, from al pastor tacos on fresh tortillas to griddled masa stuffed with chicharron and quesadillas with huitlacoche (a fungus that grows on corn, sometimes referred to as the Mexican truffle). The focus will be on food from Mexico City but other regions will be represented as well, including Oaxaca.
Craft cocktails will also give a nod to Mexican libations, such as tepache, a fermented drink made from pineapple peels, and pulque, a fermented agave drink. San Agus will serve its own version of pulque with mezcal, egg whites and guava. The cocktail menu will focus on but not be limited to tequila and mezcal, Martinez said.
San Agus will initially open for dinner and happy hour before adding brunch and lunch. Martinez hopes to open in April.
Martinez opened La Viga in 2012 and LV Mar the year after.