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Xicohtencatl in Great Barrington

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Xicohtencatl in Great Barrington

KRS | Jul 21, 2004 10:06 AM

We had an excellent dinner last Saturday at Xicohtencatl in Great Barrington, 50 Stockbridge Rd. (413) 528-2002.

Chips and Salsa (freebie) -- thick but crisp chips with plenty of corn flavor -- salsa chunky and well balanced.

Camarones Machos (shrimp in their shells sauteed with butter, lime and a bit of jalapeno) were spectuacular -- even better if you chewed on the shells. The bed of sauteed spinach soaked up the sauce and was also excellent.

Mole Poblano -- perfect mole, with, again, a great balance between chocolate, 6 varieties of chilies and almonds -- the chicken breast was good, though I prefer dark meat. Black beans done just right and exceptional yellow rice, with a bit of lemon and spices.

Shiitake Chipotle -- spectacularly good -- essence of mushroom flavor perfectly set off with onion, garlic, cilantro and chipotle -- the best dish of the night -- with yellow rice and excellent refried beans.

Papaya Agua Fresca -- Papaya "water" -- OK, but too much like soda pop.

Mango Cheesecake and Flan de Rum y Kahlua -- quite good, though by then we were orally exhausted.

Strawberry Margarita and Regular Margarita, both on the rocks -- strawberry not great, regular spectacular -- LOTS of tequila in both -- really pack a punch.

Service was good, if a bit slow with the place full. We had a table on the porch, which was very pleasant.

All in all, much better than we had expected. We'll be back.

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