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We went to Wicked with the In-Laws last week and had to find a restaurant near the Orpheum for dinner. I had been to Masa once before, but for lunch with clients. It had been pretty good, so I thought it would be a great, somewhat casual, but still not a chain place for dinner. I was right. Honestly, it was the highlight of the evening.

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We started with their homemade chips, served with two salsas. The green one is a tomatillo-cilantro blend, the red was a smoky chipotle salsa. Neither was very hot, but both were loaded with flavor. And the chips were light and crips. Unlike anything in the snack aisle at the store.

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We also tried to Jalapeno Rellenos and the freshly made guacamole. The guacamole was amazing and surprisingly, served with cauliflower and radishes. A nice break from the chips. The jalapenos had just enough heat to wake you up, but nothing powerful.

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I had been craving beef, so I went with the short ribs that were braised with onions and served with a black bean tamale. The beef was incredible tender and was so full of flavor, it was really unbelievable.

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FIL went with a chicken enchilada, which was huge and looked quite impressive.

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Husband and MIL both ordered the sea bass served over black beans with a pineapple salsa. They both reported that it was really, truly delicious.

We were running short on time so we ordered two quick desserts and ate them while we were putting on our coats. They were the bittersweet chocolate cake with butterscotch (?) ice cream and a tres leche cake with mango and passionfruit puree. I loved the tres leche cake, but the chocolate cake had an unusual texture. Needless to say we finished both of them. And we’ll be returning to Masa. Hopefully soon.

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