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Sopapilla report from La Ultima in Danville

Mick Ruthven | Jun 10, 200507:57 PM

I had lunch today at La Ultima in Danville (455 Hartz Avenue). It bills itelf as serving Southwestern food. Of course I tried their sopapillas (I started the looking-for-sopapillas thread a short while ago). They had them three places on the menu, (1) as an appetizer, plain with honey, (2) a regular item, stuffed with chile verde or chile colorado (or is it chili?) and beans and rice, and (3) a lunch-menu item stuffed with either chicken or (? can't remember) and beans and rice. Since there was only one of me with one stomach, I had to choose one and that was the "regular" item with the chili colorado. Hmm, as it's own thing, it was fine. The sopapilla itself was nice and fluffy and the chili colorado was good (but I don't consider myself a great judge of southwestern cuisine). It's just that it was a "production" knife-and-fork affair, served on a plate with a sauce and the beans and rice right in with the chili colorado. The stuffed sopapillas I remember were much more simple, more of a stand-alone thing, more like a very good southwestern piroshki! So I'll have to say that this version didn't satisfy my hunger for that remembered kind of stuffed sopapilla. But the place itself was quite nice, tastefully decorated with southwestern art and with many outdoor tables, and with very friendly people working there. Oh, I'm glad I got their "half order". It was definitely enough food for me.

Of course this is a very personal opinion, but their tortilla chips and salsa were maybe the best I've ever had and very addictive. I suspect their food is good in general.

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