Big things are happening at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. In recent months, we’ve seen the popular Tex-Mex spot, which has seen the likes of famous names like Martha Stewart and Aerosmith walk through the door, partner with consulting bar guru Alba Huerta of Washington Ave’s Julep and upgrade its kitchen, including the addition of a wood-burning oven.
And while the sizzling fajitas wrapped in freshly made tortillas at the low-key restaurant are the stuff food dreams are made of, the fall season has ushered in a brand-new menu where executive chef Alex Padilla, formerly of San Francisco’s L’Avenue and Boulevard, has rolled out several new dishes.
The latest? Starters including roasted pumpkin soup and a grilled octopus salad with sauteed spinach and radicchio, and lemon dressing.
Choose from main courses like roasted quail served over pasilla chile peppers, seasonal vegetables, sauteed spinach, queso fresco and a fig glaze. Or maybe you’d prefer grilled redfish tacos topped with chipotle slaw, or rabbit tacos dressed with garbanzo puree and guajillo chile sauce?
But if don’t you get the urge to mess around with the routine, there’s always the parilla mixta. Sharable by two, this carnivore pleaser comes with wood-grilled chicken or beef fajitas—plus carnitas, shrimp, baby back ribs, and chile relleno. What’s not to love?
On the drinks side, sips include the Oaxacan margarita, featuring mezcal, fresh lime juice, prickly pear juice, and a spiced salted rim, and the Alejandra’s Mezcaleria, stirred with mezcal, tequila, orange juice, passion fruit syrup, pina colada mix, and cinnamon.