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Sep 20, 2006 10:52 PM

New cent. American restaurant on 9th street

Xiloa, or something like that. It's Nicaraguan food. They have freshly made juices every day -- I had a tamarind juice which was pretty good. I also had plantain chips, which were freshly made and crispy but not overcooked. They came with slices of some sort of cheese, and a freshly made salsa. For my main course, I had a sort of fish and capers stew in a cup made of fried plaintains, with rice. Very casual, inexpensive, but pretty decent, worth a look if anyone's interested in that sort of thing.

Also went to Nana's last night for the tasting menu. The coconut souffle with key lime sauce was incredible. The rest were decent, but nothing overwhelming. (Though pan seared foie gras is always welcome.)

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  1. I've been waiting for this place to open! Thanks for the heads up. I'll go in for the fresh juices alone.

      1. It's across from George's Garage on Ninth Street.

        1. Durham, North Carolina.

          1. I stopped in to Xiloa yesterday for a late lunch/early dinner. The woman behind the counter gave me little free sample cups of all the fresh juices I wanted to try--I tested watermelon, mango, beet, cacao. They were all wonderful, and beet was surprisingly good. There were several others, but I was in a bit of a rush. I picked cacao, it was delicious: milky and sweet with little cacao bits floating in it. She said she roasts the cacao fresh every morning, and showed me the raw beans.

            I also had the Indian taco w/ vegetarian filling (there were at least two meat filling choices as well). It was fantastic. A crispy fried-dough-like base topped with a mixture of potato, sweet potato, and beans in a mild-yet-tasty, creamy sauce, then topped again by shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese.

            The atmosphere is very Ninth Street - similar to Int'l delights or others but you do get real plates and glasses if you eat in.