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Hidalgo - Clifton Heights (former owners of Xochimilco)

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Hidalgo - Clifton Heights (former owners of Xochimilco)

rumdrinks | Jul 25, 2005 10:00 AM

Disclaimer 1: I have been a fan of their cooking for 5 years, and friends of the family, and so am a strong supporter.

Disclaimer 2: the following review will be based on nearly everythign but service. Why? Because I, as a friend, really need to give them time to shake out their waitstaff issue ( they have been open 4 nights with full menu service. They have hired a novice waitstaff and are attempting to train them - novice is being even nice about their talents). So yes, a dining experience IS based on the totality of the experience, but for now, let's just talk about food.

It was just about excellent. Queso fundido was warm, melty, gooey and just the right amount of chorizo. Flautas were expertly crisped with a flavorful chicken center. Tacos huastecos were not good - beef was not seasoned at all.

Dining partners' ordered the beloved "chicken special" - chicken stuffed with cheese and cilantro, wrapped in (very thin) bacon and served with a chipotle sauce. It was better than ever. I was lucky enough to have the chef make an old favorite - two snapper filets lightly sauteed and stuffed with avocado and a cilatro sauce. Side of rice (delish) and veggies (yellow and green zuccini, carrots lighlty sauteed with butter and herbs) were great. Flan for dessert was excellent - firm, not too eggy, and the caramel was really nice.

Hope that I don't sound like a shill with this posting - am honestly posting as a hound who loves their mexican food, but cannot remove the friend factor from the equation when I suggest that y'all go, love their food, and give them time to work out some service kinks.

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