I wanted to check out a new restaurant last weekend, so on Friday I took the bf for a surprise visit to Carnivale. We had a blast, and this place has such a "Wow" factor. The real treat is the dining room, but they also deliver delicious nuevo latino cuisine and decent drinks.

This restaurant sits about 450 people, and is usually full on weekends from what I hear. And the place is beautiful. You walk into the dining room and are greated by bright colors, a huge space, dramatic design elements. A great spot to impress out of towners, and a very memorable space.

For dinner we started with a sampler of a few ceviches, all fresh and good, but really just the shrimp one stood out. We also had the ropo vioja appetizer, which was shredded beef on plantains, and so so good. I had the pork shoulder, which crumbled at the touch of a fork and was served with rice and beans and more plantains. The bf had the lamb chops with garbonzo beans and lamb chorizo. I never knew garbanzo beans could taste so good!

The service was a little lackluster, but you pretty much can expect that going in with a place this big. But, come on, your server should be able to tell you how to pronounce a word on the menu in spanish if you ask.

Grade: A-


Blogger amandarama said...

This sounds perfectly delightful. Crumbly pork shoulder is always a good thing.
Coming up to see your mom any time soon?

12:59 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Chicago_Sexbox said...

where is this place? i have a friend coming from Wisconsin next week and I want to take her somewhere fun.

1:38 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Chargenda said...

It is in the West Loop. So, it gets you out of the typical hoods, and into other areas. You can get the addy at www.carnivalechicago.com.

Amanda, I am not coming up there any time soon. Going to my dad's in august though.

1:43 PM, July 06, 2006  
Anonymous Katie said...

If you are going to Saginaw, stop in Lansing on the way back.

5:04 AM, July 07, 2006  
Blogger bomitoni said...

this is the old drink right?? it looks hot!

4:58 PM, July 08, 2006  
Anonymous austin said...

I loooove Carnivale! You really expect it to be all about the decor but the food is ridiculous. The Filet Mignon is amaaaaazing but of course the latin-inspired stuff is what makes it worth the trip. I had a quinoa-crusted chicken breast that I dreamt about for days....

8:53 AM, July 10, 2006  

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