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Evanston lunch, Cuetzala April 11
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    Post #1 - March 31st, 2007, 11:02 am
    Post #1 - March 31st, 2007, 11:02 am Post #1 - March 31st, 2007, 11:02 am
    The next Evanston lunch will be on April 11 at 12:30 at Cuetzala, 7360 N. Clark (just south of Rogers Ave.), specializing in food from Guerrero, Mexico. Reply to this post of pm us if you can make it.
  • Post #2 - March 31st, 2007, 1:50 pm
    Post #2 - March 31st, 2007, 1:50 pm Post #2 - March 31st, 2007, 1:50 pm
    I'll be there.
  • Post #3 - March 31st, 2007, 2:51 pm
    Post #3 - March 31st, 2007, 2:51 pm Post #3 - March 31st, 2007, 2:51 pm
    Me too! :)
  • Post #4 - March 31st, 2007, 11:55 pm
    Post #4 - March 31st, 2007, 11:55 pm Post #4 - March 31st, 2007, 11:55 pm
    I can be there. Note this is a Wednesday.
  • Post #5 - April 8th, 2007, 7:39 pm
    Post #5 - April 8th, 2007, 7:39 pm Post #5 - April 8th, 2007, 7:39 pm
    GAF wrote:. . . Note this is a Wednesday.

    Thanks for pointing this out, because I think I would have missed it and showed up on Thursday.

    I'm pretty sure I can make it, so count me. I'll post again if something derails me.

    =R=
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  • Post #6 - April 10th, 2007, 9:56 pm
    Post #6 - April 10th, 2007, 9:56 pm Post #6 - April 10th, 2007, 9:56 pm
    i think i can make it
  • Post #7 - April 11th, 2007, 6:05 pm
    Post #7 - April 11th, 2007, 6:05 pm Post #7 - April 11th, 2007, 6:05 pm
    couldn't make it..how did it go?
  • Post #8 - April 11th, 2007, 6:51 pm
    Post #8 - April 11th, 2007, 6:51 pm Post #8 - April 11th, 2007, 6:51 pm
    Food porn from today's lunch at Cuetzala. For perspective, the owners come from the Sierra Madres in Guerrero, and that may be a major influence in the offerings.

    (First, full disclosure - I really didn't take notes, and I may be mis-identifying a few things; if so, I'd welcome corrections from the others in attendance.)

    Started with a good guacamole, then an off-menu fruit salad, which was mostly devoured before I could get the camera out.

    Then came the Tamal Nejo - layered tamal in a banana leaf - a good carrier for the accompanying red and green moles.
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    My impression was that Ronnie's Chiles Rellenos was the star dish, but all were good (note the recycled plate):
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    Pollo en Mole
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    Camarones en Cerveza
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    Taco Plate (note that Michele's thumb is an optional ingredient on the taco plate, and may not always be available)
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    One of the specials was a scallop pancake in red lobster sauce
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    We were also served fingerling potatoes - interestingly cut on one end, allowing the sauce flavors to soak through - apparently Gary couldn't wait. (Sorry for posting this photo, Gary.)
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    Great time, great people, etc. etc.
    Last edited by nr706 on April 13th, 2007, 3:17 pm, edited 3 times in total.
  • Post #9 - April 11th, 2007, 8:56 pm
    Post #9 - April 11th, 2007, 8:56 pm Post #9 - April 11th, 2007, 8:56 pm
    Darn, I totally let this slip by me. I like Cuetzala, they always surprise me in a good way by consistently producing dishes that are a couple of notches above what I expect. Did anybody try a Mamey Licuado? They are delicious.
  • Post #10 - April 12th, 2007, 8:23 pm
    Post #10 - April 12th, 2007, 8:23 pm Post #10 - April 12th, 2007, 8:23 pm
    Thanks again, Tom, for being ready with the camera and blow-by-blow.

    Part of the fun of eating with people who know what they're doing - we enjoyed several off-the-menu dishes; the fruit salad, which I thought was excellent, the torta or pancake (which I think was ground shrimp) and the potatoes. For those of you who can conjure a mental picture, the fruit salad was strawberries, grapes, honeydew, oranges and cantelope spiced like street-vendor mango, with mixed baby greens. The juice of the fruit made an incredible dressing - if you call ahead, ask if they have the fruit salad, as it's not always available.

    It was all very good; I particularly enjoyed the mole sauces, although the tamale itself wasn't my thing. I think Ronnie's stuffed chile special won, hands down.

    Good seeing all of you! Sorry we missed you, Gus!

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