Monday, January 18, 2010

Carnivale

In case you have the opportunity to visit Chicago any time soon, I have to highly recommend eating dinner at Carnivale on West Fulton. It's a


fabulous spot, a little off the beaten track. It's aesthetically pleasing, and totally kid friendly, certainly loud enough to cover up any kid noise, like perhaps if your four year old falls backward off her chair...

But more importantly, the food is wonderful. We started with several apps, including the ham tasting - serrano, iberico, and a third. I wanted to take a pic of these but my little ones devoured these quicker than I could grab the phone. The meat empanadas were so full of flavor -- the pastry was flaky and perfectly encased the ground meat and olive mixture. They sat on a bed of pickled cabbage, but not a sickeningly sweet pickle - a briney acidic pickle. The whole dish was drizzled with a rich yet refreshing lime cream. The homemade guac was well balanced and went perfectly with the house fried tortilla chips.

We split three entrees:
Arrachera
(Grilled skirt steak, rice and beans, sweet red onion, chimichurri sauce)

Pollo Estilo Billy
(Spice rubbed chicken breast, papas fritas, citrus butter)

Costilla De Res
(Braised short rib, mash potatoes, corn and peanut salsa)

All were wonderful - well seasoned. Each had a distinct latin flavor profile. When we first sat down the waiter said the chef likes to call his menu Latin soul food. With this I can wholeheartedly agree. Food that left us satisfied and happy. If you're in the windy city, give it a try.

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