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Restaurant Review: Chino Latino

Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money.  I am not being compensated for this post and the opinions are completely my own.

After going to FroYo on Thursday afternoon, I was definitely pumped for spending more time with the fabulous ladies that I met.  Luckily, I already had plans to! There were various other  gatherings  happening that evening for dinner, and I had plans to go to Chino Latino.   I had heard great things about this place so I was pretty excited to go…even if I wasn’t really sure what I would order.

Most of the dishes at Chino Latino are meant for sharing.  Since we had a large table of people, we decided to split the table into groups of 4 or 5 to make ordering easier.  I shared dishes with Emily, Alicia, Mindy, and Becki.  Being able to share food with these ladies actually really eased my food anxiety because I had the option of a few different things to choose from.  If I didn’t love one, I could try another.

The first thing that we got was the Popocatepe, which is basically fries loaded with beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream.  I had a few plain(ish) fries, but I’m not a huge fan of those toppings so I didn’t have too many.  The other ladies seemed to really enjoy the toppings though, the plate was practically licked clean by the end.


The next dish that came out was Queso Fundito, which was essentially nacho cheese.  It was served warm and it was delicious.  I’m pretty sure that bowl was also completely empty by the time we were done eating.


The main part of the meal (well, my meal at least) was Pad Thai with Tofu.  I was a bit concerned because it had a little indicator on the menu that said it was spicy, and normally if a menu says something is spicy, it is definitely too spicy for me.  It did turn out to be pretty spicy (for me) but it was also really delicious.  So delicious that I ate a good amount of it and just dealt with my mouth feeling like it was on fire.


The restaurant was a bit dark and noisy, but it was a fun atmosphere. Everyone at the table seemed to really enjoy their food, too!

Taste: A+, really delicious.  I think the fact that they can do nachos AND pad thai well says something about the quality of their dishes.
Cost: A, it isn’t an inexpensive restaurant but considering the quality of the food and the size of the dishes it wasn’t badly priced.

Would I go there again? I don’t know that I would go there all the time if I lived in the area, but it is a fun meal with great food.

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3 Responses

  1. I’ve only been to Chino Latino twice, I have liked the food, but the dark and crowded restaurant gives me a headache (I think I’m secretly an 80 year old woman).

    • I totally get that dark and crowded vibe too. I think it didn’t seem as bad when we were there because there were so many people in our group at a large table (so we weren’t at a little table with others crowded around) and we were by a window, so at least while there was daylight it was a little brighter!

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