Best New Restaurants 2016

No. 6 Urbana


Urbana's chicken molet’s Dia de los Muertos every day at Urbana, the Packing House’s most colorful, exciting latecomer. Owner Javier Cuadra and executive chef Ernie Alvarado label their cuisine Mexican Gas-tronomy, defining this as modern street food, which the concise menu of seasonal eats illustrates. Half cantina, half (intentionally) dark hole-in-the-wall, the moody 50-seat surroundings suit the menu of enchiladas Suizas, the day’s-catch ceviche, or golden dorado tacos, washed down with a fresh-juice Paloma cocktail or excellent agua chile micheladas. Ask about the chef’s special, inspired by the day’s freshest ingredients. Or go stealth with the off-menu chicken tinga tacos starring shredded braised chicken seasoned with Alvarado’s tomato-rich sauce.

FIELD NOTES Every tortilla is handmade, fresh to order, an upgrade you can taste in every bite. Tortilla fiends should order accordingly.

IMG_2272440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim