It took almost a decade for contemporary Mexican restaurant Acopio to rise from the ashes of a taqueria that burned to the ground in 2012. It was worth the wait. Acopio feels like a modern Mexico City or Guadalajara restaurant with a menu that makes the most of California’s excellent produce. Dishes like chile adobo duck confit with pipian verde and lemon-thyme masa and mushroom and hibiscus flower tacos are so delicious they haunt our dreams. Reserve a table for dinner, when the succulent-and-tile-filled restaurant is buzzing, or drop in, grab a seat at the bar, and sip on a cocktail with agave spirits, chili, and tepache.

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