November 7, 2012
- Date Spot
- Group Gatherings
- Latin Fusion
- Service: Great suggestions, energetic, passionate about food
- Cost: $$
- Wine / Cocktails: Prickly Pear Margarita
Yeah, you read that title correctly....my boyfriend and I went here together for the first time a couple days ago and it was a cold evening and all we wanted was something amazing to eat. Now, I had eaten here a few times and never had a bad experience, but this visit was the best.
I started with a prickly pear margarita which the waiter suggested because it was a little tart and a little sweet and a bright pink color....maybe it was because I was a female as to why he emphasized the color....maybe not. Either way, it was so good. I could've chugged it, but I restrained myself. We also ordered the Nachos del Sol which had braised pulled beef that was sweet and tender. Amazing nachos. We got a small, but I could've eaten a large plate by myself, but we had to save our stomachs for the big meal to come.
My bf and I ordered completely opposite meals but ended up eating off each other's plates. He ordered the Solomillo (aka filet mignon) that had cabrales blue cheese melted into a crusty top and the filet was set on a bed of truffle mashed potatoes and a SANGRIA reduction. I cannot tell you in words how good it was. I, who is mostly vegetarian, wanted to eat the filet(and I did have a few bites, but only as much as my bf would allow me to take) it looked so good. If that's not a clue as to how great this was, I don't know what is. He ate the whole thing and all its trimmings until the plate was clean. I wanted to lick the plate. That sangria sauce was to die for! Probably the best he'd eaten and same with me as we had been getting filets all that week wherever we went. I got the Calabaza Relleña which is basically a veggie enchilada with summer squash, mushrooms, chayote, and zucchini with a sweet corn glaze and white rice on the side. It was delicious! I couldn't get enough of either.
Our waiter was very helpful and suggested everything we could've wanted. I WILL be back there. Living in the OP(Oak Park) makes this part easy.
We went here again on Father's Day(not that my bf is a father, but it was a beautiful day). We sat in the patio which I was blown away with! So beautiful, colorful, breezy and social. I had the Poached Pear Salad and he got the Blackened Fish Tacos. The PPS was probably the BEST salad I've ever eaten. It had a port wine reduction dressing, port wine poached pears, strawberries, candied pecans and bleu cheese to top. Was light and sweet and salty. I wanted to order another! The BFT was flaky and light with a mango salsa and an avocado mayo with a cabbage slaw on top. So yummy! I recommend big time!
Solomillo, Calabaza Relleña