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Photos By Melissa Groth, Words By Brandon Wetherbee

Oyamel is one of a handful of restaurants that we will go to any time. Any excuse to visit the José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup establishment and eat the food of Head Chef Colin King should be taken. Beginning today and running through November 2, Oyamel will celebrate the Day of the Dead with a special menu inspired by famed luchador El Santo.


El Santo was the Michael Jordan of Mexican wrestling. And the James Bond of Mexican wrestling. And The Avengers of Mexican wrestling. In addition to kicking ass in the ring, El Santo starred in over 50 films, saving the world from many monsters and inspiring hoards of kids to purchase a luchador mask. To honor his legacy Oyamel has two drinks for the next two weeks, El Santo contra los Zombies (El Luchador Organic Tequila, 123 Organic Tequila Blanco, 123 Organic Tequila Añejo, D’Aristi, orange liqueur, orange, lemon and pomegranate) and The Witches Attack (El Luchador Blanco Organic Tequila, grapefruit- lavender mint syrup and soda). Both are sweet and easy to consume. They pack a surprising punch.


Should you go to Oyamel’s Day of the Dead celebration just for the drinks? Sure. But don’t just drink. Eat. You should really eat. King’s food is always great so the fact that his Puerco en Chile Morita (local pork spare ribs braised and lacquered in a salsa of chipotle chile morita) is good isn’t a shock.


You should go to Oyamel’s Day of the Dead celebration because you can. It’s two weeks, long enough to find at least one free night in a very busy Halloween schedule. It’s an excuse to eat all the tacos and margaritas (especially the ones with the salt-air) you already know and love.