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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Armadillo Cafe Restaurant Review

: Call this a bit more upscale than your everyday chuck wagon. Elegant Asian touches complement Southwestern cuisine. The café received applause ever since it opening on 64th Avenue in 1988; none of that should change since owners Kevin McCarthy and Eve Montella-Smith moved the joint. The new, larger property also features a casual section. Décor is minimalist: framed posters of Native American art and a few soft sculptures of cactus and ceremonial masks. Servers, wearing pants and shirts with bolos, know the ropes. So does the kitchen staff. We felt like shouting olé! upon tasting the outstanding black-and-white soup---two semicircles of black (a tasty black bean soup) and white (an incendiary jalapeno-Jack cheese soup) in one bowl. The contrasting flavors and fieriness make this a winner. For those who don’t wish to set their mouths ablaze, we highly recommend the crispy-skinned, boned half duck that’s been smoked and barbecued and then glazed in an orange juice-honey sauce with a crunchy salsa of orange segments and diced Asian pear. For a truly grand finale, try the jumbo-portioned Southern pecan pie packed with chocolate and bourbon.


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