So far I've eaten here two times, and I've yet to be disappointed by anything I've tasted.
When this place opened, I had just returned from a year in India, where my palate became accustomed to bold flavors and scorching spice. Sometimes whitefish and prime rib just won't cut it (although there is nothing inherently wrong with these TC restaurant stalwarts).
My first impression of Georgina's was that it was tiny and the decor was unremarkable. It is however clean, and the open door to the sidewalk and large window facing the street gives it a relaxing atmosphere. You won't come here for the ambiance; the food is the real attraction.
The menu is evenly split between Asian fusion and Latin flavors. It's extremely diverse and seems to change often. Depending upon the day, you can have Korean beef, Indian curry, Cuban rice and beans, or Nicaraguan tacos (this list is by no means exhaustive). The chef crosses all these culinary borders with aplomb. So far, I can't say that either side of the menu is better than the other. It's best to come here in a small group and have everyone share their plate.
At the beginning of your meal, the chef will visit your table and explain all the items on the menu. Don't be afraid to ask questions, as he seems to relish talking about his food. He'll even bring you samples to help you make up your mind. You can tell that he has a lot of passion for what he does, and his effusive, friendly demeanor will put you at ease.
Through sampling other people's plates, I've tried a large portion of the usual offerings. Two dishes that stand out are the tacos and the beef curry. If you visit, I'd recommend that at least one person order the tacos to share. The variety of tacos seems to change with different meats, accompaniments and regional influences. The chef deftly elevates the lowly taco with a vibrant but balanced array of spices, and adds inventive regional twists that will make you rethink how a taco should taste. The meat is cooked perfectly, never dry.
I ordered my beef curry extra spicy, and the spice level came out exactly as I expected. If you have a hankering for spicy ethnic food, this is probably your best bet in TC. I was expecting something like the beef curries from Kerala, but this was something altogether unique. It was a dry curry with just the right amount of oil. It's pretty tough to find the ingredients for a good curry in Northern Michigan, but the chef somehow did the dish justice.
The portion sizes here are a little on the large side. And as long as the chef never skimps on flavor, that will never be a bad thing. Be prepared to ask for a box. I suspect that Georgina's will quickly outgrow its current location, but let's hope that when it does, the quality of food and value will not be compromised.
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