places to go: chilam balam

April 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in PLACES TO GO

We were looking for a good place to eat after a day of apartment viewing with my younger son.  It was early on a Saturday and we weren’t dressed for any place too fancy.  He suggested Chilam Balam… a place I had heard so much about but could never quite get there early enough as it’s small, very popular and not easy to get into on a Saturday night.  We had perfect timing, arriving around 5:45.  Our only downside was we did not come prepared with spirits as it is BYOB… but we survived.  The atmosphere is warm, with that perfect glow, the lighting dimmed but not too dark.  We tried quite a few items on the menu and enjoyed everything.  I had watched Chuy on Top Chef so I knew he was known for his sauces.  I could have licked each bowl especially the chipotle sauce that was served on the flautas with chicken thighs, rajas and picked cabbage with crema.  The scallops were amazing, take a look!

Every dish had a different sauce… we loved the fried parsley with the spinach creme.  Another favorite, which we did not get a picture of because we devoured it so fast, was the pineapple ricotta strudel with a cilantro pesto and coconut sorbet.  I suggest you visit this great little spot with big flavors.  It has gotten a lot of attention since Top Chef and it was featured on “Check Please”, so bring your favorite drink, relax and enjoy the wait it is well worth it.  They just added new entrees to their menu and I know I’ll have to make another dinner date.



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