Monday, April 11, 2016

El Carnicero

Last month's Cleveland Dinner Club event took the group to Eric Williams' El Carnicero in Lakewood. Just one reason why I love these monthly outings, it sometimes takes Mr. H and I to new-to-us restaurants that we've been meaning to try.

We were greeted by walls of lucha libre masks...
...and Happy Hour at the bar. 
Chef/Owner Eric Williams was on hand, but gave Chef Daniel Garcia most of the credit for our menu that evening. We started with a Smoked Tomato Soup with blue crab, sherry, jalapeno, and cilantro.
I don't even typically like tomato soup, but this was shockingly good. The layers of flavor that had been developed were surprising, and I happily slurped this down.

Next, we had a Cauliflower Salad with oaxacan chocolate mole, raisins, orange, and agave candied pecans.
Again, cauliflower is not usually something that I gravitate towards, but this was nicely prepared with interesting seasoning and a light char. 

The star of the meal was the Jalisco Style Pork Shoulder for Taquitos. This family-style platter had us all clamoring to take pictures, and then digging in. 
Just like Williams' famous Momocho restaurant, these taquitos did not disappoint. 
For our last course, we had a Blood Orange Flan. A light, refreshing way to end the meal. 
All of this for $40, the standard Dinner Club fare. If you haven't joined Joe's email list for this group yet, what are you waiting for? I enjoy that we see familiar faces each month, but yet always meet interesting new people that have a common love for local, good food. 

El Carnicero's food will typically run you $10.50 - $17 for Tamales or Taquitos. Other menu options are available, but come for what they are known for! 

16198 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107