I’ve always loved adventuring alone, and Wednesday was my first solo night in a long while. I hit up Disco Mary – the dope NA popup at Columbia Room – for drinks before heading to Maiz 64 for dinner. I had such a great experience at both, and I’m excited to share snaps from my evening.
Whether you’re sober or partaking in Dry January, Disco Mary offers a slew of creative mocktails you need to try. Everything on their drink menu’s interesting, but my favorites were “Influencers in the Wild” and “The Evolutionary.”
The former’s made with dragonfruit, schisandra berry, lemon balm and lime, while the latter contains wild lettuce, chinotto, lemon and agave. I drove so I went with the NA options, but you can add spirits to whatever’s listed.
I also love what they did with the decor – it’s super instagram worthy, and the space is such a vibe! You definitely gotta go if you haven’t been yet. And if you’re hungry, they offer a small menu with various plant-based shareables. I recommend their guac (this had a nice kick to it) and their Palmito Ceviche (tender hearts of palm, aji amarillo leche de tigre, jalapeño and sour orange).
Maiz 64 was only a half mile away so I considered scooting, but it was chilly so I drove. I usually have THE hardest time finding parking in this area, but I lucked out and got a space within 10 minutes of looking. My reservation was at 7PM, but they were kind enough to seat me a little earlier.
It was already fairly busy when I got there, but by the time I was enjoying my entree, the place was PACKED. And it was a Wednesday so I was surprised – good for them though, that’s so dope. Definitely make sure to make a reservation if you want to dine here because clearly their food’s in high demand.
Service was awesome, and I loved everything savory. I wasn’t sure how I felt about getting a $15 taco at first, but damn, it was delicious – worth every cent! It was their suckling pig taco, and I’m low key salivating just thinking about it. The meat was so tender – it really did melt in my mouth, and it was topped with avo puree, tomatillo relish, and pork rind on a freshly made corn tortilla.
For my main, I was torn between their duck and octopus. I ended up getting the octopus so if you have the duck before I do, let me know how it is! Like the pig mentioned above, this was so, so tender. It came with this amazing marinade with eggplant ash puree along with grilled pineapple, pineapple relish, and a side of corn tortillas. Exquisite!
What have you guys been up to lately? Any new restaurants you want to tell me about? And by the way, I also recently went to Incheon and Donut Chew so I’ll have to update you on that soon. Keep an eye out for more coming your way! I have a lot planned in the next few weeks so make sure to check back.