Friday, July 3, 2009

A La Salsa

Midtown Global Market
Chicago & Lake Street

price: $9-13

Midtown Global Market is dead on a holiday weekend. I am sitting here admiring the wall of tequila before me. This is the first time I have blogged (and photographed) from my phone. I am a glass of La Capilla tequila on the rocks (now on sale at Chicago Lake Liquor for $9.99 a bottle) and it is a smooth 100% agave.

There is definite airport vibe here - which I don't mind.

We ware greeted by a smile and a bowl of chips. The service is great so far. I am almost beginning to forget the last experience.

I order the Plato De Carnitas and my friend orders the Tamale Platter. Both entrees are out immediately. We dig in. The pork is tender and is served with pickled peppers and carrots. Fortunately for me, I ordered a side of sauce.

The sauce is creamy and almost resembles Thai peanut sauce. I pour it over the pork. This stuff is addictive. My friend puts it on his tamales. It is tasty on everything!

Our server comes to clear our plates and looks down at my empty bowl of sauce. Her eyes get big and says, "You ate all of that!". For a minute, I wonder if this sauce is crack. No, she is just surprised that a gringo finished it. "What is this", I ask. "It is the Diablo Sauce", she replies. I find out that the creamy texture is roasted garlic. My mind begins to think of ways to recreate this at home.

overall rating: 4
chips & salsa: 1
sauce: 5


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