The team behind Mex Out at Far East Square have branched out to a more accessible location at 313@Somerset. While Mex Out has a takeaway, customizable concept, Barrio is where you go for drinks after work. Formerly occupied by Smoothie King, the 70-seater is an open-concept space with customary trendy finishes—an open kitchen, neon signs, colorful metal chairs, fairy lights and drinks served out of mason jars. It’s a tight squeeze, so arrive early to snag a seat.
The food is hearty and messy, and the menu keeps to typical Mexican crowd pleasers: quesidillas, taco, burgers and generous rice bowls. Skip the usual steak choices, and go for the pulled pork tacos (from $12.90 for 2 pcs), which comes with a dollop of mango chunks, the buttermilk fried chicken burger ($14.90), deep fried in cold beer batter and served in a fluffy brioche bun, and the vegetable bowl ($13.20), which has fragrant basmati rice, guacamole and sour cream.