When you’re seated at INC, your server will be quick to tell you that the food you are about to enjoy is not Mexican, it is Latin American street food. And while the menu items seem to be more of an upscale interpretation of street food, there were more than a few items I was excited to try. The reputation of the owners – who also own Salt Factory a few doors down – led me to believe I was in for a treat.
I’ve heard great things from friends about INC’s many versions of margaritas, but the menu tempted me with a housemade sangria. It was quite refreshing, considering we were sitting just inside from the back patio (and the huge garage-style door was open, letting some of the late-evening heat inside). The only thing I wished for was some wine-soaked fruit – the orange wedges in the top of my sangria had been artfully arranged by the bartender, but one of my favorite parts of a good sangria is getting to eat the tantalizing fruit last.
In lieu of the expected chips and salsa, servers bring a small bowl of fried hominy, sprinkled with salt and truffle oil. (And though the inebriated woman at the table next to us kept exclaiming, “See! It’s just like chips and salsa!” It’s really not – it’s an unexpected bit of crispy, salty goodness and nothing like chips and salsa.) For our starter, though a number of offerings looked really good – like cactus and yucca fries with chipotle pico & Latin remoulade or the poblano chili relleno (poblano pepper stuffed with smoked chicken, arroz & chipotle queso) – we chose the “peel and eat” Serrano marinated shrimp with Adobo, crema fresca & lime. It had a little heat, a little kick, and was a nice complement to the sangria.
And since we weren’t starving, we opted to choose our entrées from the taco menu (but it’s still a more-than-satisfying amount of food – I brought two home to enjoy the next day!). My one complaint here was that each order came with three of the same tacos. I would’ve loved to be able to order à la carte and sample three different kinds, have a little variety. I had the pork carnitas-style tacos (crispy pork, radish slaw & poblano salsa on El Milagro corn tortillas) – it is easily one of the most colorful plates that has ever been set in front of me, almost like a work of art. The radish slaw was really flavorful and the pork was crispy and plentiful (no skimping here!). My hubby had the special: pan-seared halibut tacos with peaches, red onion, red bell pepper and chipotle crema. Next time, I’m looking forward to the BBQ octopus tacos, the crispy shrimp tacos and the Red Mole Con Carne (braised beef stew, corn-masa dumplings & Oaxacan red mole sauce) – definitely reason to return soon!
It’s also worth mentioning that the menu offers some really refreshing non-alcoholic drink options that the regulars were ordering left and right (the online menu is not updated with the current options). INC offers three housemade infused waters: tamarind-infused water, watermelon-infused water and pineapple-coconut-infused water, as well as authentic coconut water (not made in house). We tried the tamarind and watermelon – the former being my favorite but the latter being the obvious overwhelming favorite among the other diners, adults and kids alike!
INC Auténtico Street Food is one more reason to visit Roswell’s Canton Street – one of the best streets for dining on the northside!