BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT - 2008
Still mourning the loss of Pineda Tacos #2, the no-frills pit stop in the old Hi-Lake Pizza Hut? Here's what you do: Head over to Masa and start to console yourself with one of the six top-shelf margaritas. Once the alcohol starts to take effect, notice how the light streams in through the windows and bounces all over the colorful tile, making everything—you included—look a little better. Then take a seat in the dining room, and by the time the salsa is brought to your table in a classy ceramic ramekin, you'll never miss having to procure your own from a sneeze-guard-covered salad bar. Masa's tacos carnitas and skirt steak torta are just as tasty as the ones on Lake Street, except here you'll eat 'em with a knife and fork. Or you can expand your vision of Mexican cuisine by ordering the down-home pozole verde (a spicy stew of chicken, pork, and hominy) or the grilled mahi-mahi fillet with achiote marinade that's worthy of a special occasion.