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new sightings + 1 taste in JH/Elm/Corona

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new sightings + 1 taste in JH/Elm/Corona

JH Jill | Jul 1, 2003 03:45 PM

Just thought I'd post to note a few things I haven't seen any posts about.

I keep passing a new Filippino place on Roosevelt in JH near the BQE offramp, maybe 70th St. It's called Karehan .... Tata.. (sorry I can't remember right the whole name now). It says something about 'ecijano' cuisine. I know very little about this. Has anyone tried it or know what ecijano is?

Little Argentina is expanding on Corona Ave. near Junction Blvd. A nice-looking, fairly big place called Café Sur just opened on Corona. Looks like a typical steak house, probably Argentine. I haven't tried La Pizzeria de Don Chucho (sp?) on the corner yet either. Anyone have any reports? For those unfamiliar with this area, it also includes two tried-and-rue Argie/Uruguayan places - Rincón Criollo where I hear the fried yuca is great and there is sometimes music, and the cozier El Gauchito with painted tiles depicting all sorts of famous Argentines past and present and a butcher/deli counter. Gauchito has some salads and veggies that I haven't seen in other places as well as some different combos.

Also, I recently tried Las Cazuelas on Hampton near 83rd/Baxter that Eric Eto mentioned as untried in his recent Mexican survey. Results were mixed. There were very positive signs, like the interesting green sauce served with the thin, homemade chips that come to the table, and the perfect agua de melón (cantaloupe-ade). I tried mole poblano from the fairly long menu and found it OK, a bit spicy but the flavor not as complex as my old Sunset cookbook recipe, which has a zillion ingredients. Maybe I hope for too much in a cheap place where they make it every day. The owner does make everything here in-house, I was told. My friend ordered a chicken salad which was dry chicken strips on a plain bed of iceberg/tomato, a bit disappointing. We saw some chalupas at a table nearby, and I think the antojitos might be better. I think I'll try again but order tacos or something.

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