101 East 161th Street at Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451
My first restaurant experiment in da Bronx!
After checking out the Bronx Museum, Greg, Wayne, and myself wandered down to 161st Street by Yankee Stadium to assess the eating scene. Some cops suggested the food court in a shopping center (bleh) and a diner that was closed (diners close? lame), so we ambled closer to the baseball structure and ended up at Molino Rojo (“red windmill”).
The entrance is narrow, and in the front is a section for take out. There was a sit down space in the back wallpapered by mirrors. Mirrors, one of my enemies. Looking at myself while eating? No no no. There’s a Rubbermaid of ice water on the table with Styrofoam (tsk tsk) cups so you can serve yourself liquid refreshments. I ordered a nonalcoholic pina colada, mmm, and Greg got a tamarind drink which was also mmm.
I ordered the above photo, fried pork “chunks” Dominican-style. It’s like the power of fried chicken in pork form! This oily crispy goodness came with a big plate of rice and beans. Sweet deal for all of $8. Wayne and I split a slice of Dominican cake which was like a hot pink version of red velvet cake. Maybe when you pass the south and keep going, the cake becomes pinker? Okay, bad joke. Just the right amount of sweetness, both in the cake and in the frosting. Except the rosebud; that frosting was vile.
Since I failed to eat the second pork chop and all of the rice, I requested the leftovers to go. The ladies put the chop into a plastic baggie but chucked the rice to my dismay. Sigh. The to go section cashier was sealed away behind plexiglas, yikes.