I first waxed on about Alex’s Chimis last winter, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769178, and since then I’ve been an irregular. Day 25 of the 30 day ethnic food challenge returns to Jamaica Plain remembering that the Brendan Behan’s taps are just steps down Centre street from some fine cuisine of the Dominican Republic. Chimis or Chimichurris for long, are a most popular street food of the Dominican Republic for good reason. This super sandwich of the DR can be had at Alex’s with either meat patties (think gyro), roast pork shoulder (Pierna? Means leg but it’s a shoulder, Si?), and/or chicken served on a pan de agua water- bread then topped with chopped cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, a creamy salad dressing and ketchup. Chimichurris share their name with the Argentine garlic parsley sauce for meat sauce,… not sure what the connection is.
In the busy storefront, mostly Spanish is spoken. The line forms to the left and there’s lot’s of “ Próximo”, “Next”. I like when it moves slow so I can imbibe and decide. There is no menu but a scan of the hot case tells you what’s happening. Rotisserie and fried chickens along with soulful side dishes are ready to go so with crudementary Spanglish and international restaurant gestures I make my wishes known. Today a Chimi de Pierna (pork), guineos (boiled bananas) and batatas (fried sweet taters), some carne frita (no way to resist the porcine candy), and the Dominican fried rice dish Cho Fan with diced meats, sprouts, peas and corn are all coming home. I passed on the pork ears and empanadas which both looked crunchy and delicious. I’ve had the yucca here before and couldn’t pass it up. The red pickled onions that garnish it are so good. The maduros and tostones were also winking at me, but I ignored them just to make them jealous.
There are fruit juices, DR Red Rock soda, and batido tropical shakes but the big Super Chimis pair perfectly with Morir Soñando which means “to die dreaming”. Made of orange juice, milk, cane sugar, and crushed ice it’s the perfect foil for the giant Carribean snack, a drink and dessert in one. (Although the flan is also very good.) Alex’s delivers but you miss all the sound and aroma. “Próximo”.
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