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Adobo Grill (Lombard)

Eat_Nopal | Feb 26, 200805:35 PM


Thanks to nxstacy for identifying Adobo in the thread above... I made it out tonight... here are my impressions:

> Mixed Review on Food
> As a small chain, that feels very much like a corporate run eatery it definitely lacks soul & charisma. However, to be perfectly fair if you were dropped in Polanco and you choice a random casual restaurant in one of the high rise buildings or hotels... Adobo would not be any worse than the average... from the decor, menu composition to execution. This is not as big an insult as it may seem... because this would make Adobo leagues better than chains like Acapulco, El Torito etc., and even better than most Old School Mexican American, Combination Plates Mexican & Western Suburb Taquerias
> Dining Experience was good... I actually sat at the bar.. and the bar tender had good recommendations to make... actually his recommendations were spot on... my choices not so much.

Food & Drink

> No Mexican Wines or Microbrews here... the Tequila list is more than acceptable. Its not very large but it at least goes beyond Patron & Cazadores... I enjoyed an appetizer of Partida Blanco, chased with a mediocre Sangrita. Then had the Don Eduardo Reposado with my meal... this was quite good. I don't know if I am just used to being raped by California's drink prices but I was shocked that most Tequilas were about $8... very good deal.

> Three Cazuelas
>>>> Hanger Steak Tips in a Guajillo Sauce... it was kind of good... it tasted like a combination of Chili & Al Pastor flavors... with forgettable fully cooked, cubed steaks. It was a bit salty and not particularly memorable... not somethign I would order again.

>>>> Corn Kernels & Roasted Poblano Strips, melted Chihuhua cheese in a tomato sauce. This was good... not great but good.

>>>> Chicken Breast, Musrooms & Chihuahua cheese in a creamy Poblano sauce... this was quite good. Actually, as good as what I make at home.

The Cazuelitas are served with hand made yellow masa tortillas... not the best ever, but certainly better than factory tortillas... had a nice, earthy aroma & flavor but texture was a bit tough.

> Frijoles Charros... this were not good, there was an underlying canned flavor in the beans... and not much trace of chorizo or bacon.

> Upon recommendation I had the Churros with dark chocolate-Ancho chile sauce. At $5 this might be a bit steep compared to little places in the hood... but this were some very solid Churros... piping hot straight from the fryer, not a trace of excess oil or grease... good texture and the chocolate sauce was great... very similar to the Hot Chocolate I make at home.

I would not hesitate to come back for the Poblano cazuela, Don Eduardo tequila & Churros.

Also they have a decent offering of Mexican Liqueurs such as Agavero, Tequila Almendrado, Xtabentun etc.,

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