El Pavo Real, New Orleans, LA Report #176

 

This place is located in a building that used to be a Time Saver convenience store back in the day.  I used to frequent the store in the 1980’s when I was a student at Loyola University to buy all my fine wines.  MD 20/20, Thunderbird, Night Train, Taylor Cream Sherry (on cold nights), and many more.  I don’t remember much about those days, and that’s a good thing.

Now I know where to go if I’m craving authentic Mexican cuisine, and not the Tex-Mex stuff you find almost everywhere else.  Instead of salsa and chips, as soon as you sit down they put seasoned pop corn on the table.  I’m not a fan of popcorn.  I don’t even eat it at the movies, but I couldn’t stop eating this!  I’m not sure what it’s seasoned with but it’s yummy.  Good and buttery, too.

Tonight they had a smoked seafood chowder.  Very good. Not that heavy, creamy type chowder, but a lighter broth, really flavorful and well seasoned.  Full of shrimp, fish and potatoes.

Next we had a chicken tamale.  It came wrapped in corn husk, with a strip of husk actually tied in a knot to keep it sealed.  When my son was in the Boy Scouts, I helped him tying and untying knots, so this wasn’t a problem for me.  Took a bit, but I got it open.  It was served with a red cabbage slaw and delicious mole sauce.

The empanadas are stuffed with pork picadillo, which I discovered was pork, capers, raisins and some other things my waitress couldn’t remember.  They came with a chipotle mayo and a chimichurri sauce.  Delicious.

My dining partner had the chicken enchiladas with rice and black beans, and I had the Mole Poblano, which was a chicken leg quarter and breast, served with rice, warm tortillas, and the same delicious mole sauce we had with the tamale.  Both dishes were great.

We finished with the Coffee Flan for dessert.  Probably the best flan I ever had.  Just the right sweetness in the flan, sauce, AND the whipped cream!  And the hint of coffee flavor in it was seriously delicious.  I just wish it had been the size of a hub cap.

Great place.  I highly recommend it.

Blaine 2-8-2019

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