In June we kicked off our fourth day of chowhounding with an early visit to Sabina Restaurante. Having a little trouble finding it, I walked over to La Guerrerense cart and asked the lady herself, Sabina Bandera, for directions.
Not only did she point the way, Doña Sabina insisted on accompanying us across the street to her new place.
On the corner of Calle 1a and Alvarado tucked into a courtyard, La Plaza Blanca, we found the entrance marked with a cut out of Sabina.
She proceeded to give us tour of the interior.
She pointed out that the menu is the same as at La Guerrerense cart with the addition of a hot line and local wine and beer.
In honor of the new &amp;amp;amp;quot;barra caliente&amp;amp;amp;quot;, we tried the crema de almeja (clam chowder) that turned out to be unremarkable and the taco de güerito relleno de marlin ahumado. Logo mints were a nice touch.
And my two favorite tostadas from visiting La Guerrense five years ago, This is the ceviche de caracol con lajas de caracol (sea snail ceviche topped with slices of sea snail).
And the tostada made with ceviche de erizo con almeja (sea urchin roe ceviche topped with clam).
Self-serve salsas were set up on two barrel heads.
Unfortunately, my favorite one that has peanuts in it was not available.
The güerito chile relleno turned out to be a dud. Ordering a battered and fried item served off a steam table was not a good idea. No use trying to gussy it up with condiments.
The fun part about being in a sit-down restaurant was taking the time to taste through the various salsas that can be purchased to take home. As far as the tostadas themselves, I still like these two combinations very much. Yet, the execution seemed sloppier and not as precisely balanced as my recollection of what was served from her cart.
Doña Sabina's empire expanded in December to Parian Condesa in Mexico City.