Monday, September 8, 2008

Restaurant Review; Chimayo

Tonight was our wedding anniversary. We always splurge on a nice dinner that we probably cannot afford on our anniversary. This year we decided to try Chimayo on Main St in Park City. When we looked online, we noticed that their menu had a nice looking vegan entree: "Vegetable Tamales - A Traditional Native American Steam-Cooked Masa with Roasted Corn, Spicy Seitan Meat, Drunken White and Pinto Beans, smothered in a Red Chili Sauce". So, on we went.

When we got there, we double checked with the host that they did indeed have a vegan entree on the menu. They were very nice and knew offhand that the tamales were indeed vegan. They knew what they word vegan meant (yay) and they all went out of their way to make sure that we got no cheese or dairy on any of our items. That's the good part of this review.

In addition to our tamale entree we also got a salad, "Stuffed Avocado with Marinated Vegetables, Papaya and Julienne Greens with Pasilla Chili Vinaigrette" and some vegetarian fajitas. The salad was great but the rest was not so good. The fajitas were green beans, carrots, mushrooms, corn and a small amount of onions and peppers with some tortillas and tomatoes. meh. The tamales were sadly the same frozen rico tamales that we buy from the grocery store. I am 99.9% sure that the tamales are Rico tamales. i expected much more from a well known high end restaurant in PC. and expected more from a $25 entree.

So, for a two entrees, a salad, and 2 margaritas, we had a grand total of $96 (before tip) and mediocre food. We are very sad about this as we had high hopes and I always want to frequent places that actually try to have something vegan on the menu. Despite my wanting to give business to places that actually have vegan offerings, I cannot recommend Chimayo.


  1. Oh man, a nice dinner out at a fancy restaurant in Chicago seems to net close to $400. Chicago takes fine dining very seriously, plus 10.25% tax on everything here.

  2. Oh yeah, we could easily hit 200+ when we were in Boston. You could probably do that here in PC too but when you eat vegan, the cost goes down considerably. :)

  3. There's a place here that does the 10 course "tasting" menus that are so hip now. They're considered one of the best restaurants in the country (esp for wine), and they have a vegan tasting menu (instead of making it just vegetarian they covered all bases). I want to go but it's really, really pricey.

    Meanwhile, I am pouting because there is nowhere within walking distance of my new office to get any decent lunches, and I hate packing lunch.