I am a former restaurant writer and have been in the wine and spirits and food industries for decades. Criollo presents the finest Latin influenced food and beverages at reasonable prices.
I learned to drink the "Dark and Stormy" (National drink of Bermuda) at the distillery in Hamilton and went on to distribute Gosling's Black Seal Rum in California. This is a drink that is rarely close to the original in the United States due to the Ginger Beer not having the right ginger snap, however Criollo is using authentic Gosling's Ginger Beer and guilding the lily with a slice of candied ginger on the rim, making this the finest representation of this cocktail outside Bermuda.
We were celebrating my Daughter's completion of Freshman Orientation at NAU and she is a connoisseur of Calamari so we ordered it masa dusted, fried and presented with a mango chili sauce. Our waitress delivered it to our table and i chatted with her for a moment. When I turned back I was surprised to see a much smaller order than I thought I had seen originally. My daughter explained that it was so good she had already finished her half and that was my half remaining!
Main courses did not disappoint. We shared Paella and a Chili Relleno that were both excellent interpretations. The seafood was perfectly cooked and the chili was smoked instead of fried and had an outstanding mix of Southwestern vegetables in the cheese filling.
We completed our meal with flan and a molten chocolate chili cake. The texture of the flan was superb and the combination of flavors in the cake provided a wonderful ending to a delightful meal.
I have recommended Criollo to friends that travel to Flagstaff for business and all have found it to their liking as well!
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