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From the owner of LV Mar and La Viga, a Palo Alto restaurant inspired by Mexico City

Uploaded: 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.
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 +   12 people like this
Posted by Lorievans, a resident of Woodside,
on Jan 23, 2020 at 4:50 pm

I am curious is La Viga on Broadway in Redwood City moving?

 +   16 people like this
Posted by Gus L., a resident of Barron Park,
on Jan 24, 2020 at 6:17 pm

So, Street food inspired by Mexico City..
We call that Mexican food..

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Posted by priced out , a resident of Fairmeadow,
on Jan 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm

It's not street food if they are serving it in a restaurant.
Why not just get street food on the street?

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Posted by SpeakerofTruth, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Jan 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

Priced Out, you're misinformed, street tacos are typically known for being sold by Truck kitchens. Those same style tacos can be sold in restaurants under a different name, or even under the name (gasp) "street tacos". Calling it street food does not mean it has to be purchased on the street.

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Posted by Old Gringo, a resident of Barron Park,
on Jan 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

> It's not street food if they are serving it in a restaurant.
Why not just get street food on the street?

^^^ CA Public Health codes if you are referring to food sold on a cart.
I got sick eating street food in Mexico.

There is an old joke about eating street food in Mexico...a tourist purchased a taco from a street vendor in an off-street alley & looked suspiciously at the meat contained in the taco.

When he asked the vendor if the meat was any good...the vendor replied, "Senor, a hundred flies cannot be wrong."

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Posted by Michael O., a resident of Stanford,
on Jan 30, 2020 at 4:51 pm

The racism in the comments is awful.

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