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Zocalo-Review (Long-ish)


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Zocalo-Review (Long-ish)

ChicagoKat | | Aug 23, 2006 01:07 PM

So, my two friends and I ate at Zocalo last evening. All in all, it was good, but not good enough to make me want to go back.
We each started off with a fruit margarita. I had the guava, one friend had the prickly pear, the other had blood orange. Guava was delicious, as was prickly pear, but blood orange left something to be desired. We ordered a bottle of red to go with our meal..a relatively inexpensive Spanish Tempranillo. I knew I should have chosen the Chilean! Anyway, it was okay, and, with the food, a little better.
We just ordered a series of small plates and shared everything. We had read about the Guacamole trio, so we had to sample it. It comes with a dollop of traditional, spicy and fruity guacamoles with a variety of tortilla chips, plantain chips, and chips from something like jicima. All chips were good. Spicy guacamole was the best. Fruit guacamole was not to our taste.
Next we had the tamale black bean, one cheese, and one chicken. Black bean was pretty bland. Cheese was good, as was the chicken. None was particluarly memorable.
Next we ordered the flaming cheese...huh, are we in Greektown? It was actually really good. It came with the same spicy sauce as the spicy guacamole. The cheese was as mild as mozzarella but saltier. One friend didn't really like it.
We also ordered the comes with two chicken, one beef, and one shrimp. The shrimp skewer had exactly two shrimp...good thing one friend doesn't like shrimp! All were good, but again, nothing was out of this world. The mini-tortillas that came with were okay.
We ordered the shrimp ceviche...even the friend that doesn't like shrimp sampled this one. Way to go Rebekah!! It was very good, not outstanding.
For dessert, we had the traditional flan and the tres leches cake and coffee all around. My friends both really liked the my opinion it had an odd taste. I really love flan, and have had some remarkable ones in the past. This really didn't measure up. None of us had ever had a tres leches cake before, so we had nothing to compare this one to. However, it didn't really do it for us. Coffee was good.
I must say that the service was really great. Hostesses were friendly, bartenders were also. Our server, Jose, was awesome! The bill for all that we ordered...pre-dinner drinks, bottle of wine, dinner, dessert, and coffee, tax and tip came to $46 each. Not bad. I don't think any of us were stuffed, but very comfortably full. Portions are pretty small, but that allows you to sample more. I think the quality of the food doesn't measure up to the prices. I would much rather go to Adobo for the same style of cuisine, or to some tapas place for the same concept.
Not a bad experience at all, but not one that would make me go out of my way to come's a bit off the beaten path.

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