Espiritu in Mesa is one of Eater’s Best New Restaurants 2022

Espiritu cocktail bar and restaurant opened Jan. 11, 2022 at 123 Main Street in Mesa.

Eater released its roundup of 15 best new restaurants of 2022 on Dec. 6 and a Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar in Mesa made the list.

Espiritu Cocktails + Comida, from the renowned teams behind Bacanora and Tacos Chiwas, opened in downtown Mesa in January. The menu is broken up into six “chapters” which include “Shooketh” and “Stirredeth” cocktails, margaritas, shots and a “Choose your own adventure” personalized cocktail option. Espiritu also serves brunch and dinner.

Eater’s Lauren Saria (formerly The Arizona Republic’s dining editor) praised chef Roberto Centeno’s live-fire skills. Centeno also received recognition on Food Network this year as a grand-prize winner of “Chopped.”

The restaurant list is compiled with the help of Eater’s team of national and city writers and editors.

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