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Lucy review

mt | Oct 19, 2003 11:01 AM

Tried Lucy for dinner last night. I walked in alone around 9 pm without a reservation - the place was packed and I was seated immediately. Started with the house margarita which was bad - tasted as if they used bottle margarita mix. For appetizer - the margarita ceviche - lagostines, avocado, tomatillo, red onion. I know lagostines are smaller lobster but it looked like they used medium size shrimp. A large spoonful of avocado - some tomatillo and onion made for a heavy dish. The one positive - the rim of the glass was encrusted with a salt + chile de arbol mixture ( very common in Oaxaca) The ceviches at Pompano are lighter - more delicate - better executed. The woman next to me tried the veracruz ceviche which looked better. For entree had the manchamanteles which came with both pork and chicken and a side of black beans and rice. The sauce was a bit too heavy and thick - yet had hints of the dried peppers used for this mole. The pork was tender but the chicken was a bit dry. Grilled pineapple and plantins dressed the dish. A side of black beans and white rice seemed a lazy afterthought. Most mexican places i've gone to serve black beans with mexican rice - not white rice. Order elote - grilled corn on the cob with cojita and crema w/ chile de arbol - this was by far the best dish (and the least difficult to mess up). Ordered a glass of red LA Cetto from Mexico - which was very solid and firm - a nice surprise. For dessert - a tortilla purse filled with almonds and apples and a side of cinnamon ice cream. The ice cream was good but the purse was as thick as dried leather and the apples filling tasted like out of the can. Service was smooth - there seemed to be a bit of confusion on the floor at times. The room is nice - I didn't feel self conscious eating alone ( even seating under a spot light). I never felt comfortable at Chicama - too loud, too much of a scene, pushy waiters. My impression is this place isn't sure if it's mexican or latin. The music played was Brazilian - not one mariachi song (which would seems appropriate at a mexican barbeque - no?)

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