Restaurant Review: Cafe Citron

July 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve had Mexican food. On Friday, a few friends and I checked out a bar/restaurant in Dupont called Cafe Citron for their happy hour specials. First we ordered a platter of empanadas to share. They had a savory cornmeal coating over a filling of either cheese, beef, or pork. I tried the cheese one, which was quite delicious in a way that only fried stuff and gooey cheese can be.

A friend and I decided to split the chicken burritos entree since it came with two burritos, which cost around $10 during happy hour. It arrived about twenty minutes later on a large platter with rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole.

I would classify these more as chicken soft tacos than burritos, personally, but that might just be due to my limited knowledge of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. Each burrito was wrapped in a small flour tortilla and filled with strips of chicken, peppers, onions, and a bit of melted cheese. It was tasty but the texture of the tortillas quickly became soggy, while the edges remained crispy. That was a little disappointing! There also was not as much filling as I imagined a burrito should have, but then again, I may just be biased due to what I’ve seen at Chipotle – now those burritos are massive.

The atmosphere of the establishment was fun – the lighting was dim but the inside was colorful with decorations, and the place quickly became crowded once the after-work crowd moved in. It was a fun little place to hit up in Dupont.

Food Truck Review: Far East Taco Grille

May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Finally I ate at a non-chain food place! I promise this will happen more often. At lunch today I was in a hurry so I decided to grab something to eat at one of the many food trucks lined up outside the office. There was such a variety of cuisines, but I decided to go to the one that seemed the most popular. Far East Taco Grille looked promising. It is a fusion of Mexican and Korean cuisines.

The truck offers a make-your-own taco set up. You first pick a protein (steak, pork, chicken, tofu), then a topping, and a sauce. You either get a corn or flour tortilla, and 1 taco is $3 and 3 tacos is $8. I decided upon a steak taco topped with kimchi relish, salsa roja, and onion and lime, in a corn tortilla. The line was a bit slow, but worth the wait! The kimchi is deliciously crunchy and spicy, and the meat is cooked Korean style, a little sweet and spicy. The steak was a bit fatty and juicy, and all the flavors worked well together. The corn tortilla provided a pleasantly soft and slightly sweet backdrop.

My only complaint is that the steak was maybe a touch too sweet. Then again, I much prefer savory foods over sweet foods, and usually dislike the sweet-and-sour combination. But overall, great fusion place, though I do wish the line would move along a bit faster. I guess people just had trouble deciding between all the interesting options.

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