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617 S. 3rd St. (Bainbridge St.) Send to Phone

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Azafran Restaurant Review

: Azafran means saffron in Spanish, hence the color scheme of this popular spot---Mexican tiled floor, peachy-gold walls, apricot tables painted with flowers. It’s cramped and noisy, you have to bring your own wine, and sometimes there’s a wait for tables. No matter, the food makes up for any inconvenience. They call it New World; probably you could call it South American, and that would be all right too. One can make a meal of little plates alone---the crispy calamari with homemade salsa, empanadas of ground sirloin with cilantro cream, pulled chicken served over an arepa (corn meal cake) or the portabello pastel, our personal favorite. It’s made of slivered mushrooms, queso bianco, and seasonings sandwiched between thin pastry, and it’s delicious. The heart-of-palm salad with a key-lime vinaigrette is tasty too. EntrĂ©es of big plates may seem like an afterthought, but a fish with a chimichurri sauce, or a simple steak with yucca fries would do nicely. Dessert must always be the coconut caramel flan or one of the fruit sorbets.


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