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"You might go to central Brooklyn for the tamal steamed in a banana leaf, or the little masa pockets called tetelas, at La Loba Cantina, in Kensington."

 
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And a hearty thank you to the New York Today readers who shared a few of the more recent spots they most admire there: La Loba Cantina for Oaxacan food and mezcal.

 
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"Many [mezcals] come in picturesque pours, featuring gourds, crockery, citrus wedges, and spice-dusted wooden platforms. Really, if you escape the cantina without becoming tipsy from a couple of shots, you’re missing the point of La Loba ('The She-Wolf')."

 
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"The standout dish is the tlayuda, a large toasted tortilla layered with beans, cheese, avocado, and meat that’s sometimes referred to as Mexican pizza. 

 

"This Oaxaca-influenced cantina is the mescal bar Kensington didn’t even know it needed."

 
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"Step inside La Loba Cantina and you’ll feel like you’ve been momentarily transported, thanks to the tropical décor and the Oaxaca-inspired menu."

 
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[La Loba Cantina] genuinely looks like a place you’d stumble across on a random street corner in Oaxaca. Yet despite the obvious pleasures of its elote salads and calabaza quesadillas, its religion is, unquestionably, mezcal.

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"This cute Kensington/Flatbush spot offers a laid back environment to dip your toes into mezcal drinking, with mezcal tastings and takeovers to learn more about the spirit."

 
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"Pull up a stool at the bar next to nearby residents and after-hours crews from neighboring restaurants who’ve already discovered it’s what they’ve been seeking in a local hangout."