Raza Toronto

Raza

Raza loosely translates to people, implying there are all different styles of craft beer at this cerveceria for all different kinds of people. 

A lineup of beers contract brewed at Junction from their recipes are paired with gourmet tacos designed in partnership between chef Fernando Sequeda and chefs from Maiz

Raza Toronto

Once home to Aniq, the space has been given a makeover with murals by artist Julio Morales.

Raza Toronto

Although Raza didn't launch by brewing beer on site, they have always made as much as possible from scratch in house, including tortillas. Everything here is actually gluten-free, except for churros. 

Raza Toronto

Choriqueso ($9.95) is a recognizable classic from Maiz's menu, beans and crumbly chorizo topped with stretchy Oaxaca cheese and accompanied by house chips. 

Raza Toronto

Jalapeños Rellenos ($6.95) are pickled jalapeños stuffed with cheese and smoked chorizo sitting in a shallow pool of tomato sauce which is itself quite smoky. 

Raza Toronto

Nachos for La Night ($14.95) do feel like they could last the night, a pile of house chips heaped with beans, pico de Gallo, chorizo, jalapeños, Oaxaca cheese and a thick crema. 

Raza Toronto

Traditional soft shell and Dorados hard shell tacos are both three for $12.95, the latter always topped with lettuce, pico de Gallo and crema for a presentation that exceeds typical expectations. 

A Chilli variety is filled with a mixture of chorizo, beans, rice and chilli sauce.

Raza Toronto

Raza tacos are three for $16.95 of the same kind or $6.95 to mix and match, basically slightly fancied signature tacos. 

The Gobernador has a nice combination of house chorizo, braised pork, roasted shrimp, Oaxaca cheese and pineapple that's sweet and juicy. The house tortillas are in fine form here, securing everything in a sturdy pocket. 

Raza Toronto

A Playa Fish taco tops grilled fish with lettuce, pico de Gallo and lots of crema and avocado sauce. 

Raza Toronto

Enchiladas Suisa are a play on a type of creamy chicken enchiladas, smothered in a sweet, slightly smoky sauce. We get these as a platter, which comes with rice and beans with tangy cheese on top.

Raza Toronto

Finish off anything with house garlic mayo, avocado cilantro sauce or habanero hot sauce. 

Raza Toronto

Anything except maybe the delicious churros that have made a reputation for Maiz, which are far better accompanied by dulce de leche and cotton candy on the side. 

Raza Toronto

16-ounce pints go for $7.95, and they do pitchers for $21.95, but during happy hour from 3-6 pm the price of pints drops to $4.95.

Raza Toronto

Every taco comes with a beer pairing recommendation; for example, it's suggested both the Gobernador and the Playa Fish be paired with craft lager Maiz Beer, subtly infused with actual corn.

Raza Toronto

Raza also serves weekend brunch.

Raza Toronto

Photos by

Fareen Karim


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