I had the pleasure of attending a blogger event at Tinsel Town's latest taco spot, Papi Chulo's! I love these types of events because I get to try an array of menu items and this night did not disappoint!
Of course you can't get the night started off right without a good cocktail so my friend, Nate ordered a watermelon martini and I had the "RICK JAMES _____"!
(I always want to finish his with that famous yet inappropriate innuendo but as always, I'll keep it classy!) The Rick James was pretty good! It was like a peach flavored frozen margarita. Very good!
Per usual, I knew we were in for a treat of several courses so instead of gorging on every item as if it were my last meal, I decided I would take little nibbles so that I could enjoy everything that was getting ready to come my way....
For starters we had the Guacamole and Ceviche Flights. They included a sampling of all three types of their Ceviche: Papi's Ceviche, Mango & Mahi Ceviche, and my fav, Shrimp & Avacado Ceviche.
However, the hit of this course was the Guacamole Flight which included their Fresh Guacamole (original), Carribean Gaucamole, and everyone's fav, the New England Guacamole which was filled with lump crab meat and roasted corn! My BF came with me and ate up all of the servings of New England Guac'! It was amazing!
Next up was a real treat, the Mexican Street Corn!
You get a whole ear of grilled corn, dipped in a garlicky lime Mexican mayo and sprinkled with cotija cheese and chili powder. I didn't think I'd like it but I LOVED IT!
Chicken Flautas were next!
One thing I can say about Papi chulos is that they season their food to perfection! Every thing was very flavorful! These chicken flautas were delicious! The shredded chicken was flavored with guajillo and the flautas were made with flour tortillas! YUMMM!!!
Now Papi Chulos is known for their tacos so naturally, we got to try some of their specialty tacos!
Taco 1: Taco Loco:
This taco came with shredded guajillo chicken, napa cabbage slaw, pickled red onions (YUM), roasted serrano peppers, cilantro, and cotija cheese! I don't know what it is about Guajillo, but I think I'm in love!
Taco 2: Steak Fajita Taco:
This taco was made with marinated skirt steak, thickly sliced and sauteed red onion and peppers, with queso sauce! I mean come on, of course it was good! Fajita indeed!
Taco 3: Duck Dynasty Taco:
This taco was made with roasted duck, napa cabbage slaw, pickled red onion, cotija cheese, and a pineapple slaw. I'm not the biggest duck fan because it's a bit too fatty for my liking but this taco wasn't bad at all! It had great flavor!
Taco 4: Bang Shrimp Taco:
This was my favorite taco!!! It was made with fried shrimp, napa cabbage slaw, sweet chili crema, black sesame seeds, and chopped scallions! I could've eaten like 5 more and been good!!!
Taco 5: Bob Marley Taco:
This taco was pretty fancy! It was made with jerk chicken, mango salsa, black beans cooked in pork fat, napa cabbage slaw, and a nice sliver of fried plantain on top! It wasn't bad but it had a lot, maybe too much, going on for me!
By this time all of our bellies were telling us to stop filling them but who can resist the Tres Leches Cake we were given for dessert!!! It was incredibly moist and you could taste that home made flavor! It was iced with whipped cream and lime zest! It was great!
Overall, I was very pleased with Papi Chulos. They have a large menu with a plethora of choices and I was most impressed with how nicely seasoned everything was. With that being said, you probably won't go wrong with anything you order. I am definitely going to be visiting again for more chicken flautas, bang shrimp tacos, and Rick James of course! This would be the perfect spot to stop in before or after a movie at Tinseltown!!!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!