Sunday, May 17, 2015

 
A PLACE WHERE FINE CUISINE CAN BE FOUND IN BROWNSVILLE

Yesterday was my second outing to Palo Alto.  It is on Elizabeth street on the right hand side just past the recycling center.  You cannot miss it.  The building stands out from anything else in the area.  There is plenty of parking.

On my first outing I had breakfast.  I got to meet the chef.  She is from Brownsville but trained in Mexico City.  You will not find tacos, fajitas, or enchiladas on the menu.  The menu is very cosmopolitan.  Mexico City is an international city with residents from all over the world, so its cuisine is very diverse.   If this new airline does bring direct flights to Mexico City, I can see myself doing 4-5 day trips.  Mexico City is very safe if you know what you are doing.

Most items on the menu are over $20.00, but well worth it.  Last night we started with a very generous portion of calamari for two.  The chef created a fusion of a Mexican and Japanese sauce which is amazing.  They are somehow separated in one small bowl, but as you dip they mix.  The calamari was very tender.

For dinner I had a roasted poblano pepper covered in chicken, black beans, squash and then topped off with a Mexican white cheese.  My sides were asparagus and potatoes au gratin.  For dessert we shared a heavy chocolate cake which was topped with flan instead of icing. 

My ex had shrimp stuffed with grab. 

Its funny because I do not like lobster. I have always said without the butter I suspect no one would like lobster.  But when the waiter brought the lobster to the table next to us, I asked him what was the seafood they ordered.  He said lobster.  I could not believe it.  The smell was amazing.

It was about 7:45 when the live music began.  It is piano bar music.  It was nice.  Before that they had soft piano bar music playing.  It makes for a very nice meal.  I suspect Palo Alto does not get busy until after 8.  It was about 7:30 when we finally noticed a lot more people showing up.

Palo Alto is not some Tex-Mex restaurant. The menu is cosmopolitan.  When possible the chef makes use of Mexican flavors.  There is an assortment of steaks, seafood and chicken meals.  The menu is limited.  She is not back there trying to make 50 dishes.  She is perfecting a handful of dishes which make your experience worth every penny.

I am told on Sunday they have a brunch buffet for $18.95.  In a few weeks I think that will be my next outing to Palo Alto.

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