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Posted by Brian on 06/27/2009
I went to Mitsitam today with two friends visiting from out of town, one of whom is a foodie. The restaurant is cafeteria-style, with five stations representing different parts of the Americas (Northern Woodlands, South America, Northwest Coast, Meso America, and the Great Plains). Beverages (standard soft drinks, water, etc) are self-serve at additional stations. Note that the menu changes periodically. Between the three of us, we had the pulled buffalo sandwich, the Peruvian half roasted chicken, the venison, the yucca fries, and the fry bread with honey and cinnamon. All of us were satisfied with the dishes (the fry bread was the clear favorite). The food was very different from the kinds of food we normally eat, and it was a lot of fun experimenting with different kinds of dishes. The dishes themselves were fine, but no one would mistake this for five star dining. The pulled buffalo sandwich (which was slightly spicy) and the Peruvian half chicken seemed pricey at first, but the portions turned out to be generous; the venison was even more expensive but the portions were small. Overall, we spent close to $50 on our three entrees, two appetizers, and two drinks. Those wanting to stick with more familiar food can get the chicken fingers, which are officially part of the children's menu but I saw several adults eating them. Overall, this is a good choice if you want to try relatively unusual food, are satisfied with a good but not great meal, are willing to overpay a bit, and don't mind the cafeteria-like atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2008
By far the best food on the mall. I think it rivals any of the white table cloth restaurants in the area. The chef is wonderful, his creations amaze me. It is great to truly have a native meal in such a great musuem.