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itzocan cafe- downhill alert?

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itzocan cafe- downhill alert?

MALOKD | Jun 21, 2005 09:56 PM

I have always loved the food and atmosphere at Itzocan Cafe. I have been there 5-6 times in the last ear with not one subpar meal, in fact ever dish I have had there has always been great. This time however , I had a completely different experience. I went there this past sunday. Started with the queso fundido and chicken tostada specials. The queso fundido was awesome: a couple different cheeses melting in hot broth with roasted peppers, spinach and chorizo.
The tostada had potential, however was COMPLETELY devoid of salt. We had to keep on adding salt with every bite.
The main dishes were two that I had ordered before. The first was the sauteed shrimp with guajillo and lime and the second was the braised flank steak with herb dumplings. The shrimp dish used to be one of my favorite shrimp dishes in the city. This time it was completely flat, no tanginess, just bland. The steak too was in a large amount of watery sauce(which too was devoid of sauce)---which the waitress proceeded to spill on my lap as she served--and only offered me napkins and brief mumbled apology.
Hopefully this is is not a trend. I will give them another try in a couple of months, but hopefully they regain their form

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