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Forest Cafe - keeping it simple

Bob Dobalina | Mar 3, 2008 06:21 AM

Stopped in for dinner on Sunday, as gf was craving nachos. While I like it enough to stop in every so often, especially with its boozy/loungy ambience, I always feel like Forest never quite hits on all cylinders food-wise. Not so this evening.

As usual, free chips and a dish of salsa to start - chips were very good - possibly made from scratch? Salsa was great - the right smack of heat to get things rolling.

GF opted for the nachos with meat and beans - The broiler work on the nachos was excellent - cheese browned, well-melted, arrived hot. She made a minor note of too much cheese, prompting the question, "Can there ever be too much cheese?" No soggy or cold middle - it was heated throughout - good mix of ingredients - good stuff to chip ratio (I don't like it when the chips are overwhelmed by the toppings. You should be able to pick it up with fingers.)

Then we split the "*something* poblana" - it was on the specials list - essentially was do-it-yourself soft tacos with a heaping helping of pulled chicken that was incredibly moist, not quite spicy/jerk style, almost a midpoint between bbq and jerk, along with black beans, perfectly cooked rice, sour cream, guac and some tomatoes. Very luscious and filling.

In the past, I have not really enjoyed the moles, the enchilladas were fine, nothing special. Other special entrees were ok. Maybe we were really hungry, but I thought the food we chose this time, which was more mainstream Tex-Mex, was the best I've had here. Maybe that's the way to go.

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