Have I mentioned that my very favorite cuisine is Southwestern cuisine? Oh it is.
My heart lit up when my sister told me about this new Southwestern restaurant in Provo. Basically I almost dropped the phone because no where in Utah County have I been able to find a restaurant that serves some good Southwestern food.
Quickly, in a nutshell, Southwestern Cuisine (Mexican-American cuisine, a combination of my two other favorite cuisines) originated in the Southwestern United States.
"It comprises a fusion of recipes for things that might have been eaten by Spanish colonial settlers, cowboys, Native Americans, and Mexicans throughout the post-Columbian era; there is, however, a great diversity in this kind of cuisine throughout the Southwestern states."
So this particular restaurant is of the Native-American Southwestern cuisine. Yum!
|Black Sheep Salad - Organic green mix with candied walnuts, dried cranberries, red onion, spice-dusted aged cotija cheese, and a prickly-cactus pear vinaigrette.|
Lightly dressed, this salad was fresh & light. Very delicious vinaigrette.
|Green Chili Stew - A variety of fire-roasted chiles, slow-cooked pork, and braised vegetables.|
This big bowl of stew was very hearty & comforting. You can tell they fire-roast their own chiles on a daily basis. The smokiness really comes through--on all their dishes really.
|Fry Bread to dip in the Green Chili Stew|
The frybread was incredible. Perfectly cooked--must be the perfect recipe.
I don't think I can have any other frybread ever again.
*Eating good frybread ruins you for enjoying bad frybread.*
|Bleu Burger - Grilled burger stuffed with bleu cheese, topped with fresh greens, grilled onions, hog jowl, and a red wine reduction wrapped in homemade nanniskadii bread. Side of Southwestern Street Corn.|
Their burgers are cooked medium which pretty much makes them super good. Also, that folded-over nanniskadii bread is soft and keeps the burger in place nicely. Drooling just thinking about it.....
Again, best Navajo tacos I've EVEReverever had. Of course, we've all had Navajo tacos, but I promise you, not quite like this. Never eat them with ground beef and ranch again.
|Pork Chop Sandwich - Spiced and grilled center cut pork chop topped with a fire-roasted pasilla chile and adobo mayo, wrapped in homemade nanniskadii bread. Served with Cumin-Garlic Sweet Potato Fries|
This sandwich was deeeeelicious!
The sweet potato fries were very good. A reviewer on Yelp said they were soggy; not so, they were soft, but not "soggy". You can order them extra-crispy, but I quite liked them soft, especially with their AMAZING chipotle-lime dipping sauce.
|Orange Habenero Crème Brulee - A rich and creamy orange infused custard with a subtle hint of habenero and a crisp flame-caramelized sugar top. Carrot Cake - Topped with a cream cheese icing.|
Delicious desserts. In the crème brulee, the heat from the habenero was very subtle indeed. Perfect.
P.S. - "Fine Custom Native American Jewelry Making & Repair" and "Pottery Workshops" located in a corner of The Black Sheep cafe.