CHEFS AND RESTAURATEURS

Ricardo Díaz | Colonia Pública

Chef Ricardo Díaz

From the man that brought you Guisados, Cook's Tortas, Bizarra Capital–and the family that brought you El 7 Mares family restaurants too–comes Colonia Publica, a customizable fideo, mulita and craft beer michelada oasis in the heart of Uptown Whittier. From the dark walls adorned with opaque paintings of hops, barley and even a mural of the last Mexican governor of Mexico, Pio Pico, to the deep-fried "Mexi-Dogs" (corn tortilla-wrapped hot dogs with mustard salsa), the restaurant is part ode to his Eastside hometown of Whittier and part reflection of himself as an artist that just really likes to feed people. 

Thus, the menu is filled with foods that he likes to eat. Specifically, fideo and a ramen-like interpretation of it. Meaning, that you will receive a checklist menu where you can add everything from sliced avocado, Monterey Jack cubes, chicharrón, nopal and half a dozen other options for a couple of quarters extra. To quench your thirst, Diaz has developed creative variations of the classic michelada, with things like chamoy-candied bacon in one, aguachile-like green salsa to another, coconut-salt rim to yet another and even a IPA-version with grapefruit juice. If this still isn't enough, there are mulitas, including a "Cuban" one with black forest ham and house-made pickles.