Chilean Lunch: Chorrillana, Completos, Empanadas, & Seafood From My Vacation Last Week
After 10 days of eating my way across Chile, I can’t say I was too excited for lunch yesterday. A week and half of amazing Chilean food is not easy to replace with a boring $9 sandwich. The only Chilean restaurant I know in the area is Pomaire on 46th btw. 8+9th, but that is way out of the Midtown Lunch price range. Hopefully some cheaper options exist (or will pop up in the future).
Here are some of the lunch’ing highlights from my trip, that I am hoping are available somewhere in Midtown:
“Un Completo”, aka a Chilean “Hot Dog with the works”- only instead of sauerkraut and relish, it’s topped with salsa, tomatoes, guacamole and mayo. This one was enjoyed New Year’s Eve in Valparaiso. ($1)
Empanada de Pino - Baked pastry filled with meat, egg and olives. Delicious. This one (the first of many on the trip) was enjoyed just outside the Mercado Central in Santiago. They also make cheese and seafood version (plus fried versions), but this one is the most common. ($1)
Raw seafood, the national drink of Chile (and it’s not a Pisco Sour), plus the artery clogging mountain of meat and french fry wonderment that is Chorrillana, after the jump…
Mote con Huesillos – The national drink of Chile, it’s thick fruit juice (normally peach, but we also saw it with pineapple), a whole re-hydrated peach and barley (which requires a spoon). Food and drink all in one. What more could you want? Refreshing, delicious, and I was addicted halfway through my first one, enjoyed here- just outside of the Mercado Central in Santiago. I’m guessing this will be the hardest thing to find in NYC, so if anyone knows where I can get this, please let me know! ($1)
A raw clam, sea urchin (and lord knows what else) ceviche, bought for $2 near the water in Castro on the island of Chiloe. Definitely my “Andrew Zimmern” moment of the vacation…
Machas (Chilean Razor Clams) in Salsa Verde. A steal at $8, this was probably my favorite lunch of the trip. From one of the little booths inside the Mercado Central in Santiago. I will dream of this plate of clams for the rest of my life…
Chorrillana (Sauteed Steak, French Fries, Onions & Egg) from Casino Social J Cruz in Valparaiso. While my head will dream of seafood, my heart (and arteries) will always remember the Chorrillana. $6 per portion, the mountain you see was for two ($12). Somebody needs to start serving this out of a cart in Midtown.
Finally, there was my amazing Churrasco Completo out of a converted bus, eaten on the side of the Carretera Austral in the middle of Nowheresville Northern Patagonia. But for that, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow, and read about it on the Serious Eats column, Serious Sandwiches… You can read about that sandwich on Serious Eats.
Know where I can get any of this stuff in Midtown (or anywhere else in NYC for that matter)? Email me at email@example.com or post it as a comment below.