Paleo Retiree writes:
At this flashy and chic (yet also very satisfying) Asian/Latino fusion joint, I decided to give the “Rivera” a try:
As Bruno, our smart and fun bartender, had warned me, the Rivera is a true love-it-or-hate-it concoction. What’s your feeling about smokey flavors? For me, the more campfirey the better, so the Rivera’s pine tar-like vibe was an attraction. And the drink has been crafted in such a way that the burnt-ashes flavors (mezcal, chipotle-infused agave syrup, red bell pepper and jerky) have a bright, refreshing and easy-sipping background (ginger liqueur and lemon juice) to play off against. Verdict: A complex, unusual, pleasing and high-class treat. “Not for everyone,” in this case anyway, was just perfect for me. Bruno? I’ll take another. The restaurant is one of the best in Santa Barbara too.