Cafe Red Onion is one of my favorite “fusion” restaurants. They combine Mexican and Central American food both in traditional dishes and as inspiration for new “plates.” If your experience with comida latina ends at Tex-Mex or traditional Mexican food, then you’re missing out on the wonderful dishes you can find in Central and South American cuisine. A fusion restaurant, like Red Onion, is a great way to get started.
Usually I order the Pupusas Revueltas. Their menu describes these as “Shredded pork tenderloin & Jack cheese mixed (revuelta) and stuffed in a homemade corn tortilla. Served over refried beans, topped with tasty cabbage relish. Comes with rice, fried plantains and sour cream.” To me they look like a variation of gorditas, though they are different in taste. The fact that it’s accompanied by fried plantains just makes it more appealing.
For my most recent visit, on the recommendation of my sister, I ordered the Chicken Relleno. This is a boneless breast of chicken stuffed with goat cheese, pistachios, and roasted poblano and red peppers. Doesn’t sound like a typical Latino dish? Wait until you taste the tropical curry sauce that comes with it! The chicken was tender and tasty, and exactly what I wanted.
Looking for something lighter? Try the Mayan Chicken Salad. Mixed greens, avocado, oranges and mangoes topped with tortilla-crusted chicken breast and a mango vinaigrette dressing. I don’t have a photo, but I’ve had this several times (also on the recommendation of my sister) and now share that recommendation with the rest of you. (This is what my sister ordered in my recent visit.)
The Chicken Relleno is $15.95 and the Mayan Chicken Salad is $13.95. Cafe Red Onion is located at 12440 NW Freeway, 77092, (713) 957-0957, www.caferedonion.com.
— Written by Sandra Fernandez