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Cascalote Latin Bistro
Posted by miercoles on 05/10/2015
i wanted to like this place a little better, but i'm willing to return and try again. they are going for something cooler, hipper, more up to date than many of the (delicious) mexican places in the neighborhood. they are also charging significantly more $$$, but it may be worth it - esp if dining in. i ordered the vegetarian tacos and they were pretty disappointing. somebody there really ought to speak to a vegetarian to hopefully discover that corn tortillas topped with corn and sauteed peppers aren't really a great meal... for anyone. that is exactly what was on my plate - nothing more, nothing less. i think it was $10 - i could have had a feast for that on the same block. vegetarian quesadillas were way better though. was not a great experience, but it showed much potential. food was fresh and service was good - vegetarian taco recipe seemed like a joke. for most people, that's not an issue. if you wanna continue the new harlem renaissance and charge downtown prices in an uptown location, you should get hip to catering to vegetarians a bit more imho.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/03/2013
I live a few blocks away and have been dying to try this place. It looks really cute from the outside and inside as well. It is very small, however we didn't feel crowded at dinner at all. Best of all, it is BYOB! Turns out they have some drinks there, but they allow you to bring whatever you want. The salsa served with the chips at the beginning was really good My bf and I ordered the Ensalada De Sandia (watermelon salad) to start, on a recommendation from my neighbor. It was outstanding! The watermelon was juicy and sweet, and the feta added a nice saltiness. The serrano vinaigrette added a nice smokiness but it was not spicy at all. We ordered yucca fries because we saw them on the Facebook page. I guess they are only available for lunch, but Chef Julian made them for us anyway. They were really good, however we wished they came with a sauce. We probably could have asked for a side of the salsa, which would have been perfect. For an entree my bf ordered the Huachinango Al Mojo De Ajo (red snapper) and I ordered the Camarones A La Diabla (chipotle shrimp). His snapper was whole and very intimidating to me, but the flavors were delicious. Meaty and no fishy taste at all. The shrimp was not too spicy and the sauce was nice and smoky. We were both scooping it and adding it to our rice and beans. We hardly ever order dessert, but our neighbor told us we had to get the flan or the tres leches. We went with the flan and were not disappointed! Very creamy and we were almost licking the caramel off the plate. We really can't wait to come back here, as we want to try everything on the menu. The service was great - it is a family run business and that is very special.