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El Charro -- New Haven -- BAD NEWS!!!!

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El Charro -- New Haven -- BAD NEWS!!!!

rockboxer | Oct 14, 2004 09:25 PM

The following is an ode to food poisoning:

Basically, we only ate there because we couldn't find Macchu Picchu (Peruvian) without directions (or even an address)-- and we were starving. But having had some DECENT (though not fantastic) food there a few times before, I trusted it enough to eat there again this evening for the first time in over a year.

It was simply the WORST food (as in SPOILED!) that you could ever imagine being served. An unbelievably humbling experience...

Granted, I have been an LA 'hound (amongst other places) on and off over the past few years, but I know better than to compare to, or ever expect, anything of that caliber when I seek ethnic foods outside of major cities... And as a Spanish-speaking white guy, I can almost always make sure they don't sling me the gringo grub. In other words, I would best describe my perspective as being quite sound and reasonable--as I expect many Chowhounds to be...

First, I ordered a large Coctel de Pulpo y Camaron (Shrimp/Octopus coctail) and took one bite and KNEW the shrimp was bad... I didn't touch any more of the seafood in there, but I really didn't feel like raising hell since my friend was treating me to dinner. I mentioned something to him about it, so he tried it and agreed that it was BAD. I ate the avocado out of it and left the rest sitting on the table. Figured we'd let it go...

Next, I had a combination plate of tacos de adovada with rice and beans, and the tacos weren't bad (actually decent)...but the beans were SPOILED! The most rotten stench of rotten LARD that one could ever imagine. My Guatemalan friend across from me took one whiff of the beans and nearly gagged. Without being entirely rude, he went off on the waitress (in Spanish) asking how they could even think of serving food like that. He had also tasted that one bite of shrimp from my coctail and knew the whole vibe was just FOUL...

Shortly thereafter, I left the table and VOMITED repeatedly (for the next 20 minutes) in the bathroom...

AWFUL! AWFUL! AWFUL!

If I wouldn't have thrown up so hard and so fast, I would probably be in the hospital right now...

UGH!

I hate to TRASH a joint like this, but Caveat Emptor...

Paz.

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