When the Spaniards settled among
the Indians of Central America during
the 16th Century, they brought with them
the traditions and heritage of the Mediterranean world. The Indians they found in
Mexico were themselves inheritors of great
traditions handed down from ancient Aztec and
Mayan civilizations. During the tumultuous centuries that marked
the clash of these great cultures there occurred a gradual blending.
Today they may be regarded as having evolved into
a truly new and unique culture all their own.
Nowhere is this blending more evident than
in the cuisine of Mexico. Rice, introduced from fl^JM
the Old World, was, for instance, enlivened
with New World tomatoes and chilis, to become the familiar and popular Spanish
rice that is enjoyed all over the Americas.
The European onion and garlic were
warmly welcomed, and are today found
in many foods that are in other respects
Prior to the coming of the Spaniards,
the Indians had no knowledge of fats
or oils, and thus no knowledge of the
art of frying. The Conquistadors
brought with them their lard-fatted
pigs, and a whole new culinary tech- '"&'''
nique was born.
The Sonoran-style Mexican cooking we
feature is subtly spiced, contrary to the popular thinking that Mexican food is very peppery.
However, for those desiring added pepperiness
we have a spicy table sauce.
Please enjoy the time you spend at our restaurant.
We spend that extra time and money to insure that ;«"(
our chef has the best ingredients available •* *■
with which to prepare your meal. All dishes are **^
prepared fresh daily in our own kitchen, using only/
the highest quality ingredients.
Spread one of our table sauces on your taco,
pick it up with your hands, and take a big bite.
Raise up your goblet of cerveza (beer) or a Margarita and shout
"iOlel". Smile, laugh, smile some more. Eat, drink, and eat some
more. Be happy if you feel happy; loving if you feel loving.
CHI-CHI'S OF OVERLAKE
"Home of the Chimichanga"
15340 N.E. 24th Street
Redmond, Washington 98052
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