A lucky diner who frequents LTHforum.com had the opportunity to sample dishes from highly anticipated La Cocina de Frida (5025 W. Belmont Ave., 773-202-1250) in Andersonville and reported back:
"The crowd seemed like lots of friends/family, spanish speakers, kids, etc. We were served small dishes that pretty much equaled a dinner, it was nice and filling. We had tortilla soup, flavorful and nice, but more salsa-y and thicker than I have had at other places. The next plate was chicken tinga on a tostada -(w beans, creama and lettuce) smoky, spicy hot and very nice. I appreciated the heat level. The next item were two small tamales, pork and 'veggie' (cheese and maybe jalapeno). Nice, not bland, needed no salsa. (The owner) gets the masa from Pilsen and uses no lard.
She will be featuring a different tamale daily, and maybe two other types consistantly. She said she will be doing catering, and will make bulk tamales for customers. She has 'over 100' tamale variations."
Wow! More than one hundred different tamales. I can't wait, and it opens tonight at 5pm.
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