Chavela’s Restaurant

Some more reposting 🙂

For the first restaurant recommendation, I’m gonna go ahead and stick to my hood, Crown Heights (or Prospect Heights? or maybe ProCro? depending on who you ask) Even though my area of Brooklyn is perpetually confused about it’s boundaries there is one thing it is NOT confused about – Chavela’s Restaurant. Chavela’s is a hands down favorite in this neighborhood. Everyone loves this place and it is packed every night of the week. While you might have to wait for a table, the food is delicious and the service is great. Chavela’s is consistently serving up some of the best Mexican around and the cozy interior design could not be more inviting. The prices are pretty typical for mexican food, but considering how yummy Chavela’s is I would say they are actually really good.

From what I can tell from my experience (and I’m not one of those people who asks 800 questions when I go out… sorry) there is a lot for us paleo folk to eat here. The best part of the menu: “Main Courses Are Served With Choice Of Rice And Beans Or Salad.” You don’t have to feel weird asking for a substitute!

Menu Suggestions:


$7 — Ensalada Chavella’s: heart of romaine, tomatoes, grilled chicken and tortilla strips in a queso fresco vinaigrette. (ask for no tortilla strips)

$6 — Ensalada Nopales: cactus, avocado, queso fresco*, cilantro, and pickled jalapenos served over lettuce.


$7 – Cocktail De Camarones: shrimp cocktail, diced onions, avocado and cilantro served with crackers

$8 –Ceviche Camarones: shrimp ceviche, grilled pineapples, red onions, jalapenos and cilantro

Platos Fuertes

$13 — Plato Don: chipotle chicken, grilled steak, guacamole, queso fresco*, pico de gallo (ask for no tortillas)

$18 — Plato Don Pescado: shrimp and tilapia version of the above

$9.75 — Chiles Rellenos Con Queso*: peppers stuffed with queso fresco lightly fried served in a light tomato sauce. (Be warned, there is some flour/breading on the pepper, but overall, if you’re OK with dairy and a tiny bit of guilt, this is a great dish)

$12.75 — Pescado A La Vera Cruzana: tilapia baked in banana leaves topped with olives, cappers, tomatoes and sweet peppers served over rice. (ask for no rice)

$7.50 — Pollo Al Horno: 1/2 oven-roasted chicken (You can NOT beat this for the price, it’s amazingly good)

$11 — Aurelia’s Mole: chicken slowly simmered in a traditional mole sauce. (I have no idea if Mole is paleo, I’ve never researched this… anyone have an opinion?)

$12.75 – Camarones Ala Mexicana: shrimp simmered with tomatoes, onions and jalapeno’s served with rice. (as for no rice)

* dairy


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