Posts Tagged ‘Pablano’

American Flatbread, Burlington Hearth – Tri Tip Steak, Pablano Pepper Special

May 6, 2008


American Flatbread, Burlington Hearth – Burlington Vermont

This past Friday I went to American Flatbread: “Burlington Hearth”. This Burlington Vermont location of American Flatbread is apparently a licensed franchise. In addition of awesome flatbread, they have GREAT microbrew, and an extensive beer list (they also have wine).

Flatbread is an alternate to traditional pizza, it’s in the same universe but not the same. I haven’t yet made it to the “O.G.” location in Waitsfield Vermont. The flatbread cooked in a wood-fired oven, in the winter it’s a treat to sit near it.

Oddly American Flatbread only serves lunch on Friday’s so this is your only day to score some “bread”.

I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with the food (or brew) at Flatbread, they’ve very consistent, also of note their garden salad is very good / fresh tasting.

I order a “small” version of their Tri Tip Steak Pablano Special. The description from their website:

“Woodcreek Farm Chili Rubbed Tri Tip Steak, Pico de Gallo, Chive Creme Fraiche, And Sliced Pablano Peppers. $18.95”

American Flatbread Burlington Hearth - Tri Tip Steak and Palano Special (small)
American Flatbread Burlington Hearth – Tri Tip Steak and Palano Special (small)

I wasn’t aware of what tri tip steak was, so I did a little research. The steak was seasoned nicely and had nice beef flavor, it was a little chewy as well-done steak is which slowed down my inhaling of this pie. However the flatbread is chewy (and crispy!) so steak actually worked well. The pico de gallo and chive creme fraiche were not very noticeable. Some bites had a little kick creaminess which were likely the creme fraiche. The Pablano peppers were delicious but I wish there were more of them on the bread.

The small pie was $11.45 with tax, the normal menu small pies are in the $9-$10 pre-tax. I’ll be thinking about going back next Friday.

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Mexicali – “Chile Relleno”

February 22, 2008

Mexicali is a Tex-Mex restaurant in Williston Vermont, on the back side of Best Buy.  Mexicali has great margaritas and an awesome salsa bar:

Mexicali - Salsa bar
Mexicali – Salsa bar

Mexicali - Chile Relleno
Mexicali – Chile Relleno

I was introduced to Chile Relleno at Penny Cluse Cafe, I’m using their version as a reference of what I like. I like the presentation of this plate, but taste-wise I think their could be some tweaks. First what is Chile Relleno?

Chile Relleno consists of pan or deep deep fried pablano peppers, which are quite mild and have a nice flavor. Typically the peppers are stuffed with at least cheese, and finally covered with some sort of sauce / salsa.

In Mexicali’s version, they stuff their pablanos with chicken and cheese. I love the fact that they went for something beyond cheese for the stuffing, however they used chicken cubed chicken breast. Chicken breast is healthy, but the texture and flavor is wrong for this dish. Shredded seasoned chicken would have been a much better choice. Additionally the sauce was a little bland (a suprise considering the yummy salsa bar options). Finally I didn’t like the eggy-breading, it concealed the sublte pablano flavor. The side of beans were good, but the cornbread missed, too sweet and moist.

At $11, I would order something other than the Chile Relleno at Mexicali.