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Zapata's Mexican restaurant in Columbia

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Zapata's Mexican restaurant in Columbia

ken | Aug 26, 2005 09:56 AM

We had dinner last evening at Zapata's Mexican restaurant in Columbia's Harper's Choice village center. Our appetizer, the queso fundido(melted cheese) with crumpled chorizo was the best I have had since I ate at Oaxaca's longstanding El Asador Vasco. Our entrees were Chamorro de Borrego (lamb shanks covered with both red and green salsas) and a Antojito combination platter. The lamb shanks were delicious and tender and sauced in a true Mexican fashion as advertised. The vegetarian "burrito" was also excellent. I thought the taco and chalupa were also "true" Mexican food as advertised. The tostada was not quite up to the quality level of the other three antojitos IMO. Zapata's is much more generous with its servings of "fillings" for the chalupa, tostada, and taco than the typical Mexican restaurant. I recommend ordering a side order of tortillas and making additional soft tacos so that the chalupa/toastada/taco does not fall apart under the weight of the generous fillings. Zapata's is somewhat high end IMO, but the portions are very generous and the food is truly Mexican food, not CalMex or TexMex. Any other chowhounds been there?

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