Ponce City Market food hall is finally here! Charleston, S.C.-based chef Sean Brock opened his second location of his Mexican restaurant Minero at PCM just a few weeks ago. Trying to be hipster and trendy per usual, my friends and I went to check it out last weekend. Here is the scoop:
- The atmosphere was great. It is in Ponce City, but it is a sit down restaurant with a good amount of tables.
- On a Friday night, the wait was only 30 minutes for eight people even though they quoted us an hour.
- The presentation of all the food was really cool. They serve the tortillas and chips in these really cool oven mitts. Also, the chips are very good.
- $3.00 tequila shots…
- Whatever you do, order the Muda. It is vegetarian, cheesy deliciousness between two corn tortillas. This was worth going to the restaurant for sure.
- They have all this outside seating and no heat lamps.
- There are no margarita pitchers. The margaritas were good, but not very strong. A pitcher would have been the way to go.
- The salsa was good, but served in the world’s smallest bowls with tasting spoons that just getting in the way of the salsa. No refills of that stuff either.
- The tacos were okay. The carnitas was the best, but still nothing mind blowing.
- We ordered two cheese fundidos and salsas for the table but they all came out at separate times. All eight of us were awkwardly trying to share the miniature salsa’s for a while.
Overall, Minero spent too much time trying to make their food trendy, and fell short on the taste. Presentation is great, but if I want trendy tacos, I would choose Bartaco any day (stay tuned for that review). I would go for the tequila and the Muda though.
Still love PCM.