Chorizo - Asheville
We had dinner there recently....
Good points... good beer and margarita selection. loved my mojito. Very fresh tableside guac and chips.
not so great....wahoo empanadas - bland and boring without any sort of sauce but instead...more guac. Fried plantains...nicely carmelized but somehow managed to be bland and tasteless again...needed salt and more sauce. The bits w/ sauce were good.
Big plates...a big mess...looks like Salsa all over again. Mounds of beans, sweet potatoes, salsa...all just heaped on a plate in a staggering mess. Some good, some not so great. Jalapeno peppers grilled w/ the seeds still in...come on!
Taste-wise it had elements of Limones and Tomato but I think both of these are better and Tomato certainly has Chorizo beat in terms of price and presentation! Presentation is all Salsa.
We actually had a fantastic dinner there a few weeks ago. Hector was cooking. Amazing crispy squid and a wonderful chile rellano crusted with pumpkin seeds with pickled squash. Everything was really spot on and clean (in presentation and flavor).
p.s.- I'll take my jalapeño with the seeds in any day!
I've had several excellent lunches at Chorizo. Try the crepes, which are really quesidillas made from a crepe-type batter and stuffed with all kinds of yummy stuff. I did once get the vegetarian crepe, though, which was full of huge slices of carrots and fairly bland. I'm a guacamole snob and, though I love tableside guac, I thought theirs had too much lime, which smothered the other flavors. Yes, Hector has been in the kitchen every time I've been there, which may be why I enjoyed most of my meals there. Try the mole!