We don't know why it is that the better the Mexican food, the more unassuming and humble the surrounds tend to be, but it leaves us with an age-old ache in our hearts: We want the good tacos — the ones with the handmade corn tortillas, scattered with tiny, jewel-cut diced onions and just-chopped cilantro and housemade salsas — but we also want a nicely mixed cocktail, a room that has seen a recent coat of paint, a ceasefire on the blasting telenovelas in the corner, and maybe a candle on the table at night. Tinto Cocina + Cantina has all of these things and more: brunch, great dessert, a sidewalk patio. The menu is mostly a tightly focused compendium of Mexican and Caribbean favorites, and is at its best when faithful to the classics, like tacos, ropa vieja, and pernil. The prices are even better: The whole happy hour menu is five bucks. The wine, the beer, the snacks, five bucks. No menu item is ever over $20. Plus, the kids' menu includes a color-your-own Luchadore mask. That's worth a visit alone, is it not?