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Chilpancingo

spa_girl | May 7, 2004 04:20 PM

I went to Chilpancingo this week and posted this review to my website. I decided to go based on recs from this board. It was fun - I will go back. I can't get over how $$$ dinners are here though. We were at $70 a head for 2 of us on Wenesday night. In SF for a similar level meal (at Maya for example) it would have been around $100 or less TOTAL for the equivalent food and alcohol. At any rate, these were my thoughts:

We arrived at about 6.30p and they seated us right away. I didn't really like our table b/c even though we were at the window (which was cool!), we were next to the bar (and some loud people who had a bit much to drink) and the waiters were constantly rushing by us and bumping the table. That aside - the restaurant decor is very festive and fun. Loud bright colors on the walls, interesting artwork - it all does a good job of setting the mood and feeling festive without feeling cheap or overdone. Decor gets a thumbs up.

Our waitress was VERY sweet, but her English was very difficult to understand. When we asked about the moles on the menu, we were never quite sure what she had to say. Too bad because I think that is their specialty. We ordered the appetizer she recommended which similar to little gorditas - each with a different topping. One black bean, one chicken, one plantain, and the final one mushroom. It was nice in flavor though. They were excellent - and a nice dish to share. She also brought us guacamole which we hadn't realized we ordered. It was served with cucumber and we had to ask for chips. It was nice in flavor. The margaritas were also excellent, though they are served in small martini glasses which are such a pain to drink out of.

For entrees I had carne asada which is served as a thin (under 1") piece of rib eye steak nicely seasoned with black beans (unbelievably good) and plantains with crema on the side. My friend had shrimp stuffed with crab meat which looked phenomenal on the menu, but wasn't as fabulous as it sounded. The sauce on it was nice and smokey though and the best part of her dish.

For dessert we shared a molten chocolate cake that was great and served with a small scoop of ice cream.

Overall - I thought it was a good place and will give it another shot. I especially want to go back (and hopefully have a waiter I understand) so I can try the moles.

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