4 dishes we tried at the new Chiapas restaurant



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WHAT: Chiapas Mexican Grill

WHERE: 298 N. Main St. (Ohio 48), Centerville (near Bill's Donuts)

WHEN: Open for lunch and dinner every day

INFO: (937) 949-3390

What makes Chiapas Mexican Grill different from other area Mexican restaurants? It's all about location.

Chiapas is the name of Mexico's southernmost state, bordering Guatemala along the Pacific coast, far from the U.S. border. And now, it's also the name of Centerville's newest restaurant.

The menu focuses a lot on this southern region of Mexico, but that's not all you'll find. Here are a few dishes from Chiapas we tried.

  • Pozole ($10.99) — a chicken-with-hominy soup with shredded chicken breast and lettuce and radishes — is a winner. A great winter warmer, the rich and satisfying soup is served with a wedge of lime.
  • The huarache ($3.75) is a Mexican street food staple, our server told us, consisting of a fried, oblong masa, or cornmeal dough, wrapped around your choice of meat and topped with lettuce, sour cream, cheese and chopped tomatoes.
  • We opted for chorizo and cow tongue in our soft tacos ($2.75 each), served simply with a few chopped onions and cilantro. The chorizo was intense and flavorful, the tongue chopped into small cubes that were meltingly tender. (Note: They have plenty of taco options on the menu, so pick your protein: chorizo, carnitas, seasoned grilled chopped steak, marinated pork, cow tongue, and grilled chicken. Tripe isn't on the menu, but it's also an option when available.)
  • An entree of Mole del Sur ($12.99) consists of a chicken breast, pounded thin and grilled, smothered in mole sauce, served with beans, rice and soft tortillas. The sauce is the color and consistency of A-1 sauce, but the flavor is far more complex, with hints of chocolate and chile, neither of which overwhelms.
  • Menu items that beckon to be tried on a return visit include Camarones Alambre, which features 12 bacon-wrapped shrimp, grilled and topped with cheese, lettuce sour cream and guacamole; and Fajita de Seafood, which consists of scallops, tilapia, shrimp, crab, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes served with rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo.

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