I know you all told me not to go to Chango. And in fact I didn't...I went to 'whichcraft for lunch a few weeks ago. But, with the wife out of town and not feeling like cooking for myself last night, I quickly stopped into Chango specifically to earn 1000 points on OpenTable.com and to eat a hassle-free, easy, small and early dinner.
The place was a bit cheesey, with sobreros hanging on the one wall...that really scared me. The rest of the layout looked okay but nothing like the photo of it they have on the postcards. I'd rather eat at the place depicted on the postcard. Of course its the same place, but you get my point.
Staff was friendly enough but not seasoned. It was relatively empty when I arrived so attention was given.
Here's what I ordered:
Chips and 2 salsas (in replace of bread of course). The tortilla chips were COVERED in salt. Unedible without dusting them off. Unreal how salty they were. Thank goodness I had a Tecate to wash it down. The salsas themselves were barely passable.
Black bean dip with chorizo and baked goat cheese
This could have been great. Alas, it barely passed. The tortillas they provided were crusty on the edges - meaning they were cooked and put under a heat lamp for a long time. Completely dissappointing. The bean dip itself was okay. The cheese, when stirred around, made for a better tasting dip. The chorizo was barely noticeable.
For $8, the portion was good, the quality was poor.
Steak Quesadilla with Carmelized Onions and goat cheese
The chef must be trigger happy with his ingrediants. Covered on the quesadilla were two sour cream based (?) sauces that would have scared Jackson Pollock. The goat cheese was dusted all over it and added nothing but saltiness to the dish. They might have even sprinkled salt on top of the dish for all I know. Suprisingly, the steak was very tender and good but there wasn't really enough of it. The onions were actually quite good as well.
For $10, the portion was good, the quality was poor.
I didn't want to attempt any of the larger plates for reasons mentioned on this board.
So, you can all say I told you so. I wanted to find out for myself for two reasons really. One, I wanted the 1000 points and two, I wanted to try every restaurant on that block (which I've now done).
Having said that...I will definitely not be back...although I bet the cocktails are good. They looked good anyway.