Friday, February 25

Weekend Review: Red O

Pollo en Mole Poblano, Rice, Watercress Salad

My boyfriend got a year older over the weekend and chose to have his birthday dinner at Rick Bayless's Red O. We've been wanting to try his famous Mexican cooking for years (even more so after he was named the winner of Top Chef Masters) and were thrilled when he opened a restaurant in L.A. last spring. But after hearing the odd name and some mixed reviews, we were worried it would focus more on being a celebrity hot spot than on serving great food. Boy were we wrong! Everything we ordered was fresh, authentic, and amazing. The winning dish was definitely the Tinga Poblana - you can't go wrong with pork prepared three different ways - but I still can't stop thinking about the corn and goat cheese tamale.

Fresh Corn & Goat Cheese Tamale
Tinga Poblana, Braised Pork Shoulder & Belly, Homemade Chorizo, Avocados, Queso Fresco
Queso Fundido with Bacon, Habanero & Pickled Onion
Bunuelos with Salted Caramel Ice Cream & Kahlua Chocolate Sauce