Sunday, June 5, 2016
First Night Dining Experience
Does anyone remember this iconic building that I featured back in 2011?
Local celebrity chef Silvana Salcido Esparza opened a new restaurant in that very same building called Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva. It's first official day of operation was last Thursday and my friend David and I got to be there for that debut dinner.
The area where this building is located is a little rough around the edges but, an abundance of artist's studios and small galleries are giving it a well deserved face lift.
As for the old Bragg's Pie Factory building, Esparza and her team have turned it into a gourmet jewel, fit for the eye as well as the stomach.
The dining room is tiny but well appointed and decorated with wonderful murals with a south of the border theme.
The menu reflects the chef's roots and showcases dishes that you won't find on any other Mexican Restaurant near here.
I had a dish that was featured on the "tasting menu" called Chicharron de Pancita, a pork dish with hints of cinnamon and served with fresh avocado and a roasted peanut and cascabel-honey salsa. It was crispy at the edges with delicious flavors.
David had a dish called Tacuba. It was enchilada with spinach, queso de cabre and salsa de creme y chile poblano. The little taste I had was mouth-watering good.
Chef Esparza has a loyal following of people who love her food so getting into this tiny place in the future will be a challenge but, I'm sure we will be back. There were a lot of other things on this menu that I would love to try.
I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today. I'm taking a walk around a California island.