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Aaron Deacon | Nov 29, 200312:17 AM

It seems like there has been some up and down reports on Ixcalpuzalco of late. We went Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and it was all up. They were out of one of my favorites, the marlin seviche, so we ordered the shrimp seviche with smoked salmon, and boy oh boy was it delicious. Also, two orders of the sopa appetizer that we can't leave without. Now often, when it's just the wife and I, we order only appetizers, as you get about the same amount of food for $7-8 as a $20-25 entree. But tonight we did entrees too. Sure, quantity is similar, but there's a reason you pay extra for those flavors.

My wife got a soup (appetizer) actually, but between me and the in-laws, we got a chicken, duck, and lamb dish, and they were on the money, each and every one. The chicken was a mole, the other two were chili sauces, and though small, the flavors were big enough to justify the price. Wow. Strange thing about this place is that I never see more than about three occupied table. I keep worrying that it's going to close, but they've just opened a whole other room, and Ricardo our waiter seemed pleased as punch about how things were going. And he transferred from Chilpancingo, which I always assumed must keep Ixcapuzalco in business. Ricardo, of course, says he prefers Ixcapuzalco. I find it hard to imagine how Chilpancingo could be much better.

2919 Milwaukee Ave.

258 W. Ontario

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