Fogón means "stove," in a way that connotes warmth and hearth and family. The owners of Capitol Hill's Fogón Cocina Mexicana were born in Mexico; the restaurant is staffed with family and friends, and the service is friendly and considerate. It's in the ground-floor condo retail space where first Kurrent and then Kiki failed to thrive, but the ghosts feel fully dispelled: Fogón is airy and pleasantly contemporary, with lime-green walls and a constellation of punched-tin light fixtures in the entry. And the familiar Michoacán-style food tastes extra fresh and extra good. The housemade corn tortillas are amazing: cushy, pillowy, maybe ready to levitate. Chips and a trio of salsas cost extra and are completely worth it. The chile relleno, stuffed with queso fresco, is particularly great. Enough said: If you like comforting, delicious Mexican food and nice people and big margaritas, you should go here.
Fogón Cocina Mexicana
600 E Pine St,
Hours: Sun-Tue 11 am-11 pm, Wed-Thurs 11 am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 am-2 am
Full Menu, Happy Hour