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NAO Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

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New patio chairs at NAO.

New patio chairs at NAO.

NAO, the New World restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio campus, is celebrating Dies y Seis de Septiembre with a special three-course menu that you can sample Saturday and Monday.
Red Brick Mole with Beef Tenderloin

Red Brick Mole with Beef Tenderloin

The Mexican Independence menu begins with Tuna Brûlée with Mole Negro and jícama slaw, followed by a Red Pozole of Shrimp and Pressed Pork Belly with a traditional hominy and guajillo broth, onion, serrano, cabbage, radish, cilantro, oregano and tostadas. The meal closes out with Cazual de Chocolate y Caramel with whipped cream and a sweet corn cokie. The price of the meal is $35 a person. A special cocktail, the Paloma, features tequila, lime and grapefruit and is offered for $9 apiece. From now through Oct. 23, NAO will also offer special Oaxacan dishes developed with celebriy chef Susan Trilling. You can try items such as Ceviche Costeno with shrimp in a lightly spiced coconut marinade and Red Brick Mole with Beef Tenderloin. A special Oaxacan tasting menu featuring spiced nuts; a choice of ceviche or Caldo de Piedra, Shrimp Stone Soup; a choice between the beef tenderloin or Herbal Mole Verde with Chicken; and Oaxacan chocolate torte is priced at $39. NAO is a 312 Pearl Parkway in the Pearl Brewery complex. For reservations, call (210) 554-6484.
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