Calle 10 has had a makeover. Back in the day this was somewhere you would come to for a huge portion of pork ribs cooked barbecue-style in the owner’s back garden under a thatched roof (ranchon). Now the restaurant has moved inside this beautiful Miramar mansion leaving only a couple of tables the small front porch.
I like the new décor and style. This is modern, stylish without being overly pretentious. Large paintings decorate the walls, filling the place. The air-conditioning is left to work while the doors are left open which manages to cool the place without putting you in the freezer. This has become a reliably consistent and popular place, especially for lunch. The international menu is excellent with a decent selection without following the trend to stretch to 20 pages. The soups are very good (we had the tomato and pumpkin) while the ribs and steaks were first rate.
My only reservation is that it lacks a certain sex appeal or oomph. I can’t realty say why, maybe it is a personality thing, it all runs so smoothly that you are left grasping for the real identity of what is Calle 10.
Fried shrimp legs at Calle 10:
This delicacy that most restaurants (I am sure) would just throw away, has a better destiny in the hands of the skillful chef of Calle 10. This is not on the menu, so be sure to ask when you arrive if they have “pechitos de camarones,” and if they do, they will serve you this platter of little legs attached to the chest of the shrimps, battered and fried to perfection. They go like popcorn and they are addictive! And even if they don’t have friend shrimp legs that day, go to Calle 10, one of the best restaurants in town.