Starsky and Hutch. Thelma and Louise. Bill and Ted. Daniel and Marco. In 2017, chef Daniel Del Prado and beverage director Marco Zappia established themselves among the pantheon of all-time great duos when they opened the marvelous Martina in Linden Hills. Their follow-up collab, Colita, is a sequel that’s anything but a Bogus Journey. Cooked-to-order tortillas are handmade with Oaxacan corn each day before cradling tempura fried shrimp or lamb barbacoa tacos. The cocktails—mixed with house-fermented spirits and served in ways you’ve never seen before—have become a Twin Cities icon, Instagrammed as often as Spoonbridge and Cherry. You’ll never forget the lobster tostada piled with flying fish roe, nor the earthy but zesty wonder of a wild mushroom tlayuda. But while the food and drinks are seriously good, it never feels self-serious—just ask the rubber ducky winking up at you from your glass.
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