February 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment
Unlike the last two years, Paul Baker decided not to celebrate his birthday at Spring World this year (2010, 2011) and instead we all went to Cafe Laguardia. I’d never been to Cafe Laguardia before and I quite liked the food.
I wanted to order this:
When the waitress came over to take our order, Paul said, “You have red snapper on the menu six different ways, which is the best?” And the waitress said, “We’re all out of the red snapper fillets, so you can have a whole red snapper or you can have none.” Paul got the whole red snapper (and made out with it). I had none. Instead I had this:
Roast Pork (Pernil De Cerdo Asado), sliced pork lightly sauteed with onions and garlic sauce. For an appetizer we all split some pork that was slow roasted for 16 hours and it was so good, I asked the waitress which entree was most like it and this is what she pointed me towards. SO GOOD. And a big portion. I took half of it home and had a delicious pork quesadilla the next day!
Obviously Paul loved his fish too. He sure cleaned it off the bones!
At the end they brought out flan for Paul’s “birthday cake.” I didn’t try it, but he said it was good. Happy birthday, Paul!
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December 11th, 2007 · 2 Comments
Dallas, El Barco, East Village, Chicago
Yesterday was Dallas’ birthday so we went out for dinner at El Barco with a few close friends. Dallas got the red snapper that he always gets except they were out of the usual and he had to get the extra large red snapper for two. He still had no problem eating it all, not that anyone was worried.
Four of us split the Big Platter of Grilled Stuff for Three. We ordered the Big Platter of Grilled Stuff* for Three even though we had four people because once I got Big Platter of Grilled Stuff for Two and shared it with Dallas’ dad and it was too much. Even when we ordered down one last night, we still took some home. The BPoGSfT has steak, crab legs, chicken, grilled fish, fried fish, calamari, octopus, shrimp, mussels, onions, broccoli and potatoes and comes with sides of rice and beans.
When we got the bill at the end we were only $14 away from the amount you need to spend to get a free shirt (yeh, it was kind of a large bill with all the drinks and appetizers and entrees), so we each ordered one more beer so Dallas could get a free El Barco polo shirt. Trent expects to see him wearing it next summer when they go golfing.
*Not the real name of the entree.
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September 6th, 2006 · 3 Comments
El Barco, East Ukrainian Village, Chicago
On Monday night, Jordan and George’s last night in town, Dallas wanted to take them to El Barco. Danny had never been there either, so he came along too. Yum! Danny and Dallas had the big, whole snapper, Jordan had some carne asada and stuffes chile rellenos, and George and I shared this mixed grill. It was mounds and mounds of grilled seafood and potatoes and fish and chicken and steak. So good!
These photos kind of blow because we were outside and I couldn’t see. I have better photos of El Barco here and here.
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