About "Eat My Words"

About this blog

"Eat My Words" is a long time in the making. There is no question that my favorite activity is eating, but beyond that obvious fact, I especially like visiting new restaurants and trying new foods.

That's where the "Adventures in Dining" comes in. I won't be reviewing chain restaurants. The food may be fine, but there is no adventure to a Bob Evans, Applebee's, or Olive Garden! The only time I may blog about one of these establishments might be to comment on something unusual - whether it be good or bad - that may have occurred during my visit. Otherwise, I will be focusing on small, local restaurants that feature unique menu items.

I am not a food snob. I do not have any culinary training. I like what I like and will share my thoughts regarding my meal, a restaurant's ambiance, the attentiveness of the staff, and any other thoughts that may come to mind. Hopefully, readers will enjoy my reviews and try these restaurants for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share your own feedback!

Gary Dougherty
November 24, 2010

UPDATE (October 13, 2012): I'm back!! For a variety of reasons (none of them good), I have not posted any reviews for about 18 months. Rest assured, I have continued to eat...just not write! I hope you enjoy my culinary adventures and I welcome any recommendations you might have for me. Bon appetit!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

La Choza

December 17, 2010

La Choza
240 N. Liberty Street
Powell, OH 43065
(614) 505-6915

La Choza is in a strip center just north of the Powell Road/Liberty Street intersection of "downtown" Powell in a space long occupied by Las Margaritas.  Notwithstanding the photo below, La Choza has been open a few months and this evening was my second visit.

After dropping off Molly at the mall with her friends and getting some Christmas shopping done, Sarah said she had a craving for Mexican.  Since La Choza is very close to home, we left Polaris and headed back to Powell.

"La choza," in Spanish, means "the hut."  I didn't really get the meaning of the name of the restaurant.  I wouldn't say that the interior resembled a hut or dwelling of any kind.  In fact, it was not much different from the decor used by Las Margaritas.

The staff was friendly and seated us in the last booth on one side of the restaurant.  We passed Sarah's next door neighbors which was a testament to the neighborhood feel of the place.

After receiving the obligatory chips and salsa, we ordered our dinner.  Sarah asked for two soft tacos with rice and beans.  I opted for the chile relleno (as always!) and a chimichanga.  I didn't order any rice and beans because I knew there would be an opportunity to finish up those on Sarah's plate...

As we waited for our food to arrive, we snacekd on the chips and salsa.  The chips were standard chips without distinction.  The salsa was nice because it actually had a little zip to it.  I appreciate Mexican restaurants that aren't afraid to add a little heat for the gringos!

The chile relleno and chimichanga were nice fried offerings...again, not distinctive, but very tasty. 

I've written about my taste for chile rellenos before.  Well, last week, I bought two poblano peppers and plan to make my own chile rellenos tomorrow, after another trip to the grocery store.  I'm looking forward to trying these at home, but will undoubtedly continue to order them when I make return trips to La Choza...and I recommend that you give it a try as well.

I came to the restaurant armed with a coupon for $5 off of a $25 order and didn't even have to use it.  I'll save it for a time when I'm a bit more hungry!  Oh, and Sarah's rice and beans?  She was apparently pretty hungry because there were no rice and beans left for me to sample!

La Choza does not have a website, but does have a Facebook page that, so far, has little traffic.

(Photo from La Choza's facebook page)

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