Restaurants & Bars

A good lunch at Andale

foodiejudy | Feb 12, 2005 02:52 PM

My mother and I dined yesterday for lunch at Andale, the authentic Mexican restaurant serving food from Mexico's Oaxaca region. Andale is located on 7th Street across from the Shakespeare Theater near the MCI Center (Metro: Gallery Place/MCI), and on the whole we had a good experience. We were seated promptly by a friendly host and had an equally friendly and professional waiter. We started off sharing the delicious, homemade-tasting guacamole which contained nice chunks of avacado and just the right amount of chopped red onion, and lemon and garlic, and came with fresh, crisp tortilla chips, some of which were a bit on the salty side but most of them weren't. My mother had one of the tortas, a Mexican open faced sandwich of sorts with shredded, braised lamb in a black bean sauce on top of two corn tortilla halves, kind of a Mexican Eggs Benedict without the eggs or Canadian bacon. Very homey tasting and the meat was very tender. I ordered the steamed scallops and shrimp salad on top of mixed greens and, while the seafood was cooked perfectly and the scallops were big, sea scallops, the sauce they were served in was a bit too sweet, too much like barbecue and was not spicey enough even though it was advertised as being spicey. Also, the salad needed more tang in my opinion, to offset the sweetness. Ask for more lemon slices. We were both too full to order dessert, but I've tried the Churros y Chocolate (fried dough cylinders rolled in cinnamon sugar served with Mexican hot chocolate) which is a must-have especially on a cold weather day. I've also tried their Chilaquiles before, a comfort dish of tortilla chips in a green chile sauce with melted Monterey Jack cheese topped with scrambled eggs. Very filling, homey and tasty. Mexicans often eat this dish for breakfast and I can see why. The decor is interesting and not too loud inside. I advise taking Metro there if at all possible since parking isn't great around there.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound