Aaron Deacon wrote:
I always thought the best way to eat at Ixcapuzalco was to order a handful of items off the appetizer (botanas?) menu and skip the entrees. Not to say that I disliked the entrees, but the value proposition was hard for me to justify, since I really enjoyed all the starters and I could get 3 of them (all good sized) for the price of 1 entree (pretty small). The point is, Sol de Mexico kind of takes that concept and builds the whole restaurant around it at a pretty similar (though slightly inferior, I would say) quality level of Ixcapuzalco. Very impressive stuff, a great storefront find, and a great value.
Interesting comparision. It makes me think about my own feelings of Ixca, especially over time, and especially how I came to enjoy it in its latter years.
When I first visited Ixta, back in those hoary pre-Chowhound days, I liked it, but I found it just a bit too much for its price point. To be mathamatical, the added pleasure of their cooking did not equal the added price point minus the other hassles. Over time, however, that equation changed. For one thing, the prices did not seem out of line with the quality of the cooking. For another, and more important, Ixca grew into a very well run restaurant. I had a few multi-course $50+ tasting menus that exceeded at each course. And it was small things (too) that really stood out, like mashed potatoes or desserts. The wines were great as were the mixed drinks.
And what does that have to do with SdM? I guess not much more than nostalgia--I still have an unused Ixca Restaurant.com certificate, but what I mean is I just find the places different in asspirations and pleasures.
MikeG's LA jaunt included a trip to Loteria, and I told Carlos the other day that his place reminded me a lot of Loteria. There is some odd menu overlap like the meatballs and the pibil, and they share a similiar tortilla style; my wife though thought I insulted Carlos by the comparision. Maybe I did (
), but I like Loteria and I liked SdM on my one visit. And to me, both are about little tastes scooped onto tortillas, without other benefits.
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