Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blue Iguana

Address: 165 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. 801.533.8900.

Review: One goes to the Blue Iguana because it's cousin (Red Iguana) is just so dang good. Unlike the Red Iguana, however, you can sit down, not knock knees with your neighbor, and actually hold a conversation with those at your table without straining to hear every word. Oh, and it's always kind of cool to walk down a glass tube to your restaurant.

But decible level and descending tube aside, how was the food?

Being a huge fan of the Tacos Don Miguel at the Red Iguana, I ordered a taco diad: tinga (slow-roasted pork with chiles) and camerones (shrimp), pineapple, and chorizo.

As you can see, these tacos came not only with the obligatory beans and rice, but with copious amounts of lettuce and pico de gallo. The rice and beans are like rice and beans at almost all Mexican restaurants: meh, whatever. The taco with shrimp, pineapple, and chorizo didn't fair much better. There was little chorizo, and it didn't go entirely well with the pineapple. Moreover, I could barely taste the shrimp. The tinga, by contrast, was excellent. The pork was juicy and tender with great flavor. While not entirely spicy, there was enough heat to make the taco that much more interesting. Now this is a taco worth returning for.

In all, my plate was okay, but not that strong. The tinga was the real bright spot of the meal.

Rating: 5.5/10 (5/10 is average).

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