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Apamate: Eat Here!

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Apamate: Eat Here!

nns | Oct 3, 2007 09:50 AM

I've now been to Apamate, on South and 16th, about four or five times, and have been consistently impressed (more on the food later). But here's my concern: the place seems to be always empty at dinnertime. So empty (at least when I've eaten there) that I'm worried they won't do enough business to keep me in lomo and churros whenever I want. And lord knows I love me my lomo and churros. So for purely selfish reasons (not out of any kind of altruism for my fellow Hounds ;) ), I suggest you all try it.

Here's the scoop: The location is a bit odd, and I think that might be what's doing it in. It's a BYO, cash only (I think), that specializes in tintxos, which are essentially mini-tapas. They've got some entrees and traditional apps as well (and a delicious brunch menu), but the magic is in the tintxos. My favorites from the menu are beets 3 ways (crisp beet chips with sort of a citrus-themed beet salsa (I forget the third kind of beet)), pickled eggplant with white anchovies, and whatever seasonal crudo they've got (I think last time it was butterfish with avocado). If they have off-menu specials (like the morcilla, which I mentioned in a previous post - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/420382), by all means get them, since they'll probably be even more delicious.

The amazing thing is that, unlike at places like Amada and Tinto, I've actually managed to get full at Apamate without blowing my budget. This is a huge surprise to me, since when they serve the tinxtos (most of which are tiny, and priced at around 3-7 dollars), you think you'll have to order a hundred to get full. But somehow, I've managed dinners of tintxos for 3 people for around $75 total. I'm usually a big eater, and while I've been tempted to get an entree, I haven't needed to.

Has anyone else eaten here? Do you guys share my high opinion? I always get a little sad when I find a nice restaurant and it doesn't survive, so this is just one little eater's attempt at preempting that. (BTW, I assume it doesn't need to be said here, but I'm not a shill.)

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