El Venado, modern cantina, located in the Washington corridor in Houston

Mexican street food and cocktails are nothing new in Houston, but a new spot on the Washington Corridor hopes to redefine the canteen theme.

El Venadobilled as a modern canteen with traditional Mexican cocktails and a taco menu, will open June 13 at 6502 Washington.

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Tequila and mezcal cocktails take center stage on the bar menu, including Cucumber Fresco (tequila, lime, cucumber, mint and Topo Chico), Strawberry Sabor (tequila, amaretto, strawberry and lemon), El Venado Old Fashioned (aged tequila , mezcal, bitters and cinnamon), Anna Maria (gin, sherry, grapefruit, lemon, black pepper and rosemary) and Mexican 75, a version of the French 75 with tequila, lemon, raspberries and sparkling wine. On the food side, there are street-style tacos (grilled chicken, chicken tinga, bistek, chorizo, fish or crispy cauliflower), tostadas, nachos, sopes and elotes. The brunch menu will feature dishes such as Latin shakshuka, chilaquiles, churros and dulce de leche ice cream.

The indoor/outdoor space (located in the former Revolver) offers a 1,500 square foot interior anchored by a large bar and 1,200 square foot patio; the design of deep blue colors and rattan chandeliers is meant to suggest a chic canteen-inspired cooler vibe.

“We are delighted to provide a place where people can relax and have fun,” said owner Alexander Noons. “Inside it will look like an upscale mezcal bar, and outside will be an accessible space for familiar cocktails and bites with friends.”

El Venado will be open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook Where Twitter. Send him topical tips at [email protected] Listen to him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.

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