After being on the road for two weeks straight, I only had two rushed days in New York, with back-to-back meetings and all my meals booked. I was dying for any kind of Latin or Mexican food, even Chipotle. Unfortunately, the hot place that was recommended to me ended up being a big disappointment. Despite all the hype and how trendy Mexican food has become, most of the time you just want something familiar. I was all the way back in Beijing before I could get it.
Luckily, we have Back Alley Bistro and Frost Nails, two spots owned and operated by chef Jeff Powell. An Idaho native, Jeff cooked his way through Northern California on a who’s-who list of famous chefs’ restaurants before coming to China ten years ago. Apart from offering a little corner of home, Jeff makes some of the best tacos, on homemade corn tortillas, anywhere.
Back Alley Bistro & Frost Nails, 55 Xingfucun Zhong Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing.
Photo: Courtesy of Max Levy