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Agave--7th Ave South between Charles and W. 10

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Agave--7th Ave South between Charles and W. 10

Lizzie | Dec 28, 2002 08:53 AM

Last night we went to Agave, a Mexican restaurant that's been open for about two months. I'd been wary of the place because it always looks completely empty from the front (there are several tables in the bar area) but we were hungry so we took a look at the menu and headed in. To my surprise, there's a full dining room in the back.

The meal was very good. To start, I had crispy calamari "cracklins" with chipotle and avocado cremas. The calamari was cooked perfectly, not too soggy or greasy, and the tentacles tasted like the sea, which I always like. My fiance had mushroom taquitos, which I didn't try but he loved. Then I had swordfish tacos, which were very tasty. Perfectly grilled and moist, wrapped up in soft tacos, accompanied by guac and salsa. I also added a few dabs of the chipotle crema because I liked it so much... Fiance had tuna tataki and lamb and manchego pastelitos, and enjoyed both immensely.

The service was great. Fiance did not like the first drink he ordered (something with mezcal and ginger beer?) and the waitress took it off the bill; she answered every question we had with a smile. The decor is perhaps a bit bland. The menu is extensive, and we'll definitely go back to try what we couldn't last night. Dinner with four drinks and one dessert (Mexican chocolate pot au creme=good but not great; I thought it might have a little spice to it which would have kicked it up a few notches.) came to $107. And man, the drinks were strong!

Try this place; we enjoyed it although they still have a few kinks to work out in terms of confusing menus.

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