NACO Gallery Cafe is a deceptively large space that is at once bar, gallery, cafe, and restaurant, serving up eclectic events to go along with the art on the walls, the delicious food on your plate, and the Mexican cocktail in your glass. The name is taken from a pejorative word for indigenous people, which has been reclaimed by modern-day Mexican youth to mean ‘cool.’
For brunch, dig into the Scrambled Naconda, a corn tortilla heaped with black beans, eggs, cabbage, mole sauce, mozzarella, homemade salsa, black beans, avocado and sour cream. The homemade hot sauce, which is worth the trip on its own and way better than anything you can get in a jar, is the perfect addition. Or opt for the three quesadillas for less than 10 bucks. Crispy on the outside, soft and melty on the inside, with delicious homemade salsa that you heap on with a fetching little wooden spoon. They also have great iced americanos.
The little storefront just keeps on going. A high-ceilinged dining area resides beside the stage and big front window, in front of the bar. Strange tchotkes and Mexican idols on one side, the current roster of art on display on the other. Behind that, a cool room with a larger dining area, which leads to a cozy parlour with comfy chairs and a bookshelf. From here, the door to the festive back patio, where they serve ’til midnight.
They keep it eclectic with dance nights involving everything from dirty pop to French music for lovers to a Brazilian fiesta. Sunday mornings, your brunch could be accompanied by everything from Neko Case to live electro. On Sunday nights, stop by for live jazz. Check their website for full event listings, or drop by and check out the calendar stuck to the espresso machine.