No point burying the "lede": Explorers Club will be opening up another brick-and-mortar operation soon (and yes, "lead" is regrettably spelled that way in journalistic circles). Okay, now a little backstory and review.

No point burying the "lede": Explorers Club will be opening up another brick-and-mortar operation soon (and yes, "lead" is regrettably spelled that way in journalistic circles). Okay, now a little backstory and review.

After about four years and "much deep thought, exhaustion and the recognition of fiscal realities," Explorers Club - a scratch-cooking, Latin-leaning comfort food specialist - exited its hip Merion Village digs earlier this summer. While that's been a bummer for Explorers' many fans, the restaurant's bold flavors have remained available via its food truck.

Lately, the portable Explorers has been spending a lotta time at Zauber Brewing Company in Grandview. As a recent visit proved, they make a terrific fit. In fact, their hookup has gone so sweetly that the two are planning to tie the knot during the first week of September - when Explorers intends on taking up permanent residence in Zauber's kitchen. If you connect with the happy couple in the meanwhile, here's a taste of what to expect.

Zauber is a spare but sleek and sporty taproom with a little bar, semi-fancy picnic table seating and a fondness for soccer on its unobtrusive TVs. Obviously, there's beer here, and choosing a sampler is a no-brainer ($12 for five large pours). If you're only having one (pints are $5), the Berzerker - a Belgian IPA with heft and tropical-fruit crispness - makes a great match for Explorers' rich, Caribbean-tinged fare. There are also interesting-sounding beer cocktails.

The same accommodating tables and convivial vibe await outside. If it's Monday you'll also be treated to $6/liter beer specials and "pups on the patio."

From Explorers' dozen or so nice-priced snacks and sandwiches, I tried three outrageous belly-slammers best described as great "stoner food." Jerk Chicken Tacos ($8) were a four-course meal wrapped in two attractively grilled flour tortillas overflowing with black beans and rice, zesty jalapeno slaw (no mayo-bomb!) and lots of gently aromatic chicken. The killer Mofongo Sandwich was a wonderful homemade bun with tons of unctuous, carnitas-like pigmeat - but enticingly smoked - flattered by melted jack cheese, that excellent slaw and garlicky fried plantains (I'd like more). The irresistibly slob-tastic Gorilla Tots ($8) were crisp tater nuggets under a delicious avalanche of melted jack cheese, ranchero sauce and ropa vieja (shredded pot-roastlike beef).