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the long awaited visit to rick bayless’s newest restaurant. *satisfactory sigh*

the funny thing is that i don’t think it blew my mind away. it was great food. solid. just not mind-blowingly good. i probably had too high of expectations going in.

the guacamole was spot on, freshly made, perfectly seasoned, not overly salted, simple and good. Mmmm i could use some right now. churros were piping warm covered in sugar and cinnamon and chocolate bits and.. greasy.. well they are fried, what do you expect. there was a lot of sugar… a lot of it. it was everywhere.

my highlight of the meal was the hot chocolate, freshly ground cacao beans with allspice, and chile. rich and flavorful with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. it was AWESOME!

open kitchen

wood burning oven for the baked tortas

prepping roasted potatoes

aztec hot chocolate (freshly ground chocolate, water, allspice, chile)

guacamole and chips

a chip and some guac about to go in my mouth

ahodaga (golden pork carnitas, black beans, tomato broth, spicy arbol chile sauce, pickled onions)

woodland mushroom (wood-roasted garlic mushrooms, goat cheese, black beans, wild arugula, 3-chile salsa)

beautiful arugula and mushroom

thanks to valerie for the bite

cochinita pibil ( wood-roasted suckling pig with achiote, black beans, pickled onion, habanero salsa

pooorrrk

churros

churro leftovers

i really want to thank my friends mary and valerie for putting up w/my obsessive picture taking and for holding up their half eaten sandwiches for me to photograph!

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