Had a pre-theater dinner (Winter's Tale -- the Post's review is pretty much spot-on) at Andale last evening. I think this is the third time I've been there in its Andale incarnation.
We split the appetizer platter (shrimp empanada, pork flautas, chicken tamale, ceviche tostada) to start. The absolute standout on that is the ceviche tostada. Wonderful red snapper, flavorful marinated carrot pieces, nice strong lime juice without being over-powering, and just enough jalapeno to make it interesting. I think next time I'll skip the platter and just get the ceviche alone. 8-)
My friend had carna asada. Every bit of the too large (to my eyes, but not to his *grin*) steak disappeared. He lives in San Diego, and said it tasted exactly like what Carne Asada is supposed to taste like. 8-)
I had marinated pork tenderloin (I can't even recall all the flavors) which was accompanied by some of the best black beans I've had in a long time. The other accompaniments were pickled red onion, and really spicy (thanks to the habaneros) tomato chunks with a bit of sauce.
Didn't have room for dessert. 8-) I do recommend it. I always enjoy the service (I've had the same waiter I think every time) and tho it can get loud if there is a lot going on, it was quite calm last night. I think the rain kept people at home.
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