Osorio’s Latin Fusion [Santa Fe Salad]
There are numerous places to eat near the mall area on the west side of Appleton. Everything from typical TGIFriday’s to Olive Garden to Hooters, and don’t get me wrong, these places are okay, but that’s just it. Okay. On Tuesday, Food in the Fox ventured to Osorio’s Latin Fusion, just north of the mall on Casaloma, near the Timber Rattlers stadium. I have been to Osorio’s Latin Fusion a few times, but somehow never wrote about it. Well, today I will share my experience at Osorio’s Latin Fusion this week.
Large, Open Dining Room
The building that Osario’s now occupies was formerly the home of Johnathan’s Bistro. I never had a chance to check the place out before they closed, which is unfortunate, because I heard many great things about Johnathan’s. Anyways, the restaurant is nice inside and out. Inside, there is a large bar as you walk through the door and there are also meeting rooms to the left of the host stand. I’m not a ceiling expert, but the ceilings in the establishment must be close to 20-30 feet high, which added to the ambiance of the entire restaurant. The tables are huge, as are the booths. The booths could probably fit 6 giants easily, which was a nice change from the small booths at typical mom and pop style restaurants.
Anyways, besides the overall building being beautiful, the menu is also interesting and filled with many unique ‘Latin infused’ entrees, salads, wraps and appetizers. Some of these items include Siete Mares Soup (jumbo shrimp, sea scallops, and clams in a mouth-watering seafood broth with a hint of spiciness, served with cilantro, onions, and lime), Molcajete Mixed Grill (Shrimp, Scallops, Chicken, Steak, nopalitos, scallions, bell peppers, and cheese) and Grilled Fish Tacos (Flaky whitefish sautéed with pico de gallo served atop tortillas, shredded lettuce, and cotija cheese). Just about everything on the menu had some kind of special flare.
I decided on the Santa Fe Salad which was mixed greens, seasoned, grilled chicken, tomatoes, pepitas, cucumbers, cotija cheese, nopalitos, black beans, and a crispy, cheese, tostada nacho, served with cotija ranch dressing. The bowl it was served in was huge and made the large salad look small. Every ingredient in the salad was fresh and flavorful. The chicken was moist and seasoned nicely and the large tostada chips draping in cheese were sinful. The salad was bursting with flavor and didn’t even need dressing (which came on the side). The price was right as well, coming in at $11 for the large lunch salad. Next time you are over by the mall looking for a bite to eat, swing in to Osorio’s. You won’t leave hungry or disappointed.
Osorio’s Latin Fusion
1910 N Casaloma Drive
Appleton, WI 54914