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Breakfast torta: hollowed out bolillo (crusty bread) filled with slow-cooked black beans, ranchero sauce, diced serrano peppers, queso fresco, cilantro and a perfectly poached egg. Messy but delicious!

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Cinnamon sugar-dusted churro with Barcelona hot chocolate made from imported Mexican cacao beans that are roasted and ground in-house. Thick and rich, with interesting banana notes!

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XOCO's menu in all its glory. One of everything, please!

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Scones and sweet buns

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Breakfast menu

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The wood-burning oven with a breakfast torta

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Bayless and his cooks on the line

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XOCO's open kitchen and counter

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Lookin' goooood, GEB!

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Dessert table: artisanal cheeses, wild strawberries, gelato from Black Dog (roasted red pepper, lemon ginger, banana curry).

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A few raindrops fell at one point. Luckily, the Dining Diva (aka ) is always prepared!

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Polenta with sweet corn salad and gooseberry sauce.

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Oysters!

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Another favorite: fry bread with beer-braised short ribs, heirloom tomato salad and queso fresco.

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Bowl full of happiness.

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Plating grilled octopus salad in lemon vinaigrette with green beans, bacon and preserved lemon.

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The hit of the night: lamb-stuffed calmari with preserved lemon and almond puree.

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BBQ pork shoulder with apple relish and slaw on mini buttermilk biscuit.

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Stephanie and Lee Anne Wong from Top Chef plate pork shoulder with slaw and apple relish on buttermilk biscuits.

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Check out the DJ on the balcony - nice.

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