REVIEW: Superica, Inman Park, Atlanta, Fulton
As a food critic, there are few times that I am stunned, but there’s no wonder Superica was on our list of 20 Best Atlanta Restaurants to Visit in 2016. At Superica, there were moments that I had to stop and mentally regroup. I think my co-worker who was dining with me said it best – “mind-blowing”.
When trendy Mexican places seem all the rage, @ChefFordFry differentiates himself once again at Superica. Open for almost a year at Krog Street Market, Superica is heavy on western decadence along with a retro vibe. Be sure to watch the projection viewing of John Wayne’s 1934 “Randy Rides Alone”.
I was immediately impressed with our server. His knowledge of the menu, how items were prepared and what ingredients went into each dish we asked about was incredible. He projected confidence and affirmed our menu selections. Real professional.
We got started with chips and salsa. Sounds like a regular mexican restaurant, right? Any comparison pales as soon as you begin to eat. Our server brought two salsas – a Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa that was brown rather than a traditional red sauce and Spicy Guacamole Verde Salsa (you guessed it, its green. Verde – right?). The fire roasted tomato, our server told us, is actually fire-roasted in the kitchen which explains its rich smoky flavor. I cannot recall the last time I had guacamole but I remember just enough to know I don’t like it. This made me change my mind. It was like the green version of its fire-roasted cousin. This type of enjoyment over something so simple as chips and salsa, made us wonder… what was in store for us?
The anticipation was building when our meals arrived. My friend ordered two steak tacos and a pork belly tacos. Mexican rice and refried beans are served family style. I am not a fan of refried beans – yep, after tasting these, my mind is changed. My friend loved the steak tacos but he thought the pork belly tacos were out of this world.
I ordered the Pescado al Carbon, which is North Carolina catfish, blackened and served with a frothy, melted butter. Two generous-sized fillets were done to perfection and seasoned nicely so that the blackening had just the right amount of kick. On the second fillet, I tried it with the butter and it was like eating lobster. So good!
I also wanted to try the Pollo Con Mole, so I ordered a single enchilada to check it out. Absolute home run! I tasted something sweet in it and I just couldn’t identify it so I asked our server. He told us that there are numerous ingredients that go into the mole sauce but revealed they put chocolate and cinnamon into this dish. The cinnamon was what I tasted and this made the dish very unique.
Superica is a conglomeration of superlatives. We could have stayed all afternoon but needed to get back to the office. We both walked away from our meal as if we’d received a revelation. Upon returning to the office, it was more like a salvation experience – we wanted to tell everyone about it. I could barely wait to put fingers to keyboard to type this review. Superica hit this one out of the park with a Tex-Mex home run! Forget everything you knew about this entire food genre and become enlightened at Superica. Guten appetit!
P.S. Look for a new Superica in Buckhead opening February 2016!