29 August 2010

Sangrias at the Art Beat

Sangrias

Yesterday, South Bend had their Art Beat thing, where a variety of art vendors, performers, and culinary people come together in one spot. I went there for two reasons, really: to find earrings, and to eat at Sangrias, a fairly new restaurant to the downtown area.

The restaurant is a unique spin off from the creators of La Esperanza, another local restaurant I blogged about a while ago. While La Esperanza is strictly a Mexican restaurant, Sangrias' aim is to create a Latin fusion menu with a unique variety of drinks and a fun atmosphere. They often have a live band to enhance your dining experience, and stay open to midnight on some nights. There even is a tapas menu certain days of the week.

Sangrias has a small, homey feel due to its smaller size. The ambiance is lively and you instantly feel happier the moment you walk in.

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Sangrias special offering for Art Beat was their "Latin sushi", which I unfortunately wasn't able to try since I needed to leave. But it looks really great!

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There was some very impressive fruit carving work on the table as well.

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I did take my picture with the chef, though! Some people watching even coaxed him into breaking a smile:
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The bartender on duty, Abatu, was busy mixing up drinks for everyone.

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Here he is shaking up a drink, but my camera is bad with motions, so it didn't come out very well.

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My drink was a mojito de fresas. Translation: strawberry mojito. The flavor of lime and strawberries combine well together, in case you haven't tried it. The rum used here was a Cruzan rum, though I'm not sure which type was used. All I know is that it didn't overpower the flavors of the other ingredients. I don't drink at all, really, but when I cook with alcohol I use it as a flavor enhancer. It's not about saturating the dish with an overwhelming taste of wine, or beer, but simply to enhance, and thankfully this mojito was the same.

Sangrias
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Each meal begins with a complimentary basket of tortilla chips, which I believe are made fresh in the restaurant. I think. All I really know is that they are addictive. The salsa is extremely good and spicy. The guacamole, which is extra, had a good consistency and tasted nice, though I would have liked it if I could taste the lime and cilantro a bit more.

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Sangrias

For the eats, I ordered a sope, which is a thick fried tortilla made from maize. It was topped with Cuban-flavored pinto beans, lettuce, cheese, and I think I see tomatoes. I also ordered a side of roasted jalapenos, which I could not tolerate. I spent 10 minutes trying to recover from one tiny bite, so I stuck with the relatively minor heat from the salsa.

The sope was delicious. Dense, but not hard, and a nice corn flavor that paired well with the toppings. It seems like a light meal, but is surprisingly filling.

What I like the most about Sangrias is that they offer many reasonably priced menu items, and the portion sizes are decent for a meal. I will definitely be going back because I heard they had ceviche, which I've never had, and I want to blog about their fried ice cream, which was amazing! Definitely stop by if you're in the area.



Sangrias
123 North Michigan Street, South Bend, IN‎
(574) 232-9463‎


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5 comments:

  1. That food looks delicious. Cruzan rum is really delicious and not overly "rummy". Their guava flavored rum is incredibly good.

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  2. My name is Alex and I approve this blog entry.

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  3. sangrias looks fabulous! i live in bloomington but if i'm ever in south bend, i might just have to come there :)

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  4. I'm not really that into "Latin" cuisine, but this place looks quite tasty. The mojito looks especially refreshing!

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  5. Oh yeah? Why was he smiling? Where was your right hand 'Stina? ;) ;)

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~Christina

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