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.
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!
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!