I don't usually consider CPK when I'm thinking about lunch, but for some reason it was on my radar today. I've been on this slow carb thing lately, and I saw a couple of new items on their menu that seemed interesting. It has been over 2 years since my last review, so I thought I'd try them again.
This place is what I'd describe as modern cafeteria. They have a big open kitchen. but there's something that seems cheap about the furniture. The tables aren't quite the right height in the booths.
I got lucky this time; I got the good server. The servers at the tables near me both had annoying demeanors. My server was quite pleasant. I ordered an iced tea, a petite wedge salad and the Chile Relleno. I was curious about the "petite" part, give the mini salad I'd gotten at YOLO recently, and the 1/2 salad at Big Bear that was quite large.
This was a decent size; not bad for $4.50. There wasn't a lot of bacon and they were a bit chincy with the dressing, which was excellent. The lettuce had a couple of brown spots, but overall the salad was good.
They waited until I was done with the salad to bring out the Chile Relleno.
This is not an authentic Chile Relleno which are stuffed with cheese and battered, but this is actually a "healthier" version, as much as I hate to use that term. The filling is chicken, eggplant, corn/bean salsa and there's an avocado drizzle; 380 calories they say. It was actually quite good; a little spicy with nice flavors.
My complaint about this is that I think that $10.50 is too much for this, particular at a place like CPK. This isn't really enough food to qualify as an entree; if you're going to compare it to the Chiles Rellenos at La Bamba which is $12.50; you get twice as much food for $2 more. This is a price I'd expect to pay for this as an appetizer on Las Olas, but not here.
That being said, I liked everything I had here today.