If you’re looking for solid Mexican food in Baltimore, La Calle is the answer to your prayers. Located on 10 South Street, they’re a family-run business that’s killing the game. Chef Valentino Sandoval and his 3 brothers are making a mark in Charm City with their modern Mexican food, and you’re gonna want to experience it stat.
The Best Tortilla Chips Ever
I hit them up for dinner with my friend, BmoreFood, a few weeks back – he’s been raving about their noms so I was excited to say the least. As soon as we sat down, our server brought us fresh salsa with house made tortilla chips, and holy guacamole, these chips were obscenely good. I legit ate an entire basket…all by myself…and no, I’m not sorry. The salsa could’ve been a little spicier, but it was so good I didn’t care. I’ve honestly never had tortilla chips like this before – they’re on the thicker side and super crunchy, like I’d go back to La Calle just to munch on these.
A Dip So Good You Could Cry
We started our meal off with two apps: their Tostada de Camaron and this ridiculously good chorizo cheese dip (pictured below). The shrimp wasn’t really my jam, but I’m probably biased because I’m not big into ceviches. This dip though? 200% up my alley. I mean, who doesn’t love cheese? This came out bubblin’, and it smelled like heaven. If you’re looking to splurge, definitely indulge with this app. It comes with warm flour tortillas, which is always a do in my book. What can I say? I’m a sucker for all carbs, ha.
For our entree, we split their Wicha’s Mole Poblano ($19) aka cornish hen in their to-die-for mole sauce, served with a moist tamal and accompanied by deep fried black beans. The meat was so juicy and tender, and the sauce was incredible. I could really taste the chocolate undertones, and it complemented the poultry so beautifully. Also, I was really impressed with the tamal. I’m not usually a fan because they tend to be dry, but theirs was everything a tamal should be.
Why The Flan Is A Must-Try
And of course, dessert. When Louie told me Chef Val made his own flan, it was a done deal – I didn’t even need to hear about anything else. Friends, I don’t know what he puts in his flan, but damn, this was quite possibly THE best dessert (or at least, one of the best) I’ve ever had in Charm City. You could hate flan and still love this, that’s how good it is. The texture and consistency were unreal, and the caramel? So, so good. I don’t know what that stuff on top is, but I don’t think I could ever enjoy flan without it now, ha. Trust me, this is a must-try. Don’t want food? That’s fine. Go and get chips and dessert. But go and get food at some point because their food is happiness, and I want you to be happy. You’re welcome.
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