There are a lot of Mexi spots in town these days that go beyond big plates and tacos, but what sets Trébol apart is an outstanding early/late happy hour, chef-owner Kenny Hill’s penchant for farm-fresh produce, and an enormous, 80-bottle-strong tequila list with more than 10 house margaritas. There are tasty entrees to be had—including a smoked albacore tostada spiked with chipotle aioli and a braised chicken with black-bean flatbread—but small plates such as the lingcod ceviche, Manila clams with housemade chorizo, and house sopes have more flavor and are generally more fun. The early/late happy hour features several shaken margaritas, a steal at $5 a pop, including prickly pear, tamarind and wild berry. If you’re the DD, the blood orange-basil and mango-mint agua frescas are as good as they sound.
IDEAL MEAL: Prickly pear margarita, house salad with pickled veggies and jalapeño-lime vinaigrette, raw oysters with jalapeño and cucumber granité, chorizo-and-bean tacos.