I'm not as impressed by this restaurant as most folks seem to be. Don't get me wrong - it's not a bad place, but I got nothing that seperates El Almacen out from any other dime-a-dozen steakhouses.
I started with a beer; both my companions and the waiter highly recommended the on-tap, locally made porter. That sounded good to me, and *still* sounds good, but I never got a chance to try it, since they were out. Sigh. Negro Modelo it is. We got a chorizo-and-cheese appetizer, which was the high point of the meal. Lightly spiced sausage, a wonderful sauce on the cheese, warm tortillas... if everything had been like the appetizer, this would be a five-star place.
Alas, I also ordered the carpaccio, which is a dish I love, and isn't that easy to find. The carpaccio here was not unlike a piece of roast beef lunchmeat. Which is not a terrible thing, but neither is it carpaccio. I can get a whole package of roast beef at the supermarket for like 35 cents a slice, so this was pretty disappointing.
I had a burger for my main course. It was fine, but nothing you can't get at just about any brewpub/grill/yuppie eatery anywhere. Average, in other words, which is pretty much what this place is.
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