The long-awaited opening of Impala Cantina y Taqueria is just about here — though it's still unclear exactly what day the restaurant will be fully up and running. Owner George Grau tells Eater that they're hoping to open either this Wednesday or Thursday. But particularly excited fans can swing by their Cinco de Mayo Party tonight starting at 4pm. The restaurant and patio will be open and offering house margaritas, beer, wine and of course, some tasty tacos.
The full menu at Impala will feature tacos consisting of homemade corn tortillas filled with a variety of proteins, including lengua, roasted chicken, and their homemade "chorifu," a vegan tofu-based chorizo. Appetizers will include traditional items like queso fundido and elote (grilled corn rolled in aioli and cotija cheese), and more creative items like the chicken wings mole featuring a habanero crema. Entrees also range from traditional to less so, from carne asada and chile relleno to a "Sonoran Hot Dog" wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, pico and cheese.
The space is decked out with custom-made furniture and fixtures from Tonalá, Mexico — a town famous for its artisan craftwork. Be sure to check out the ornately carved bar upstairs and the gorgeous lanterns throughout — just a few of the many details designed give the place an authentic Mexican feel.
—Alia J. Khan
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