Review: Chaak Kitchen is a culinary trip to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, via Tustin

Chaak is a serious Yucatecan kitchen in Old Town Tustin from Orange County chef-restaurateur Gabbi Patrick.
Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • March 1, 2019
The charred habanero salsa at Chaak Kitchen, a Yucatecan restaurant in Tustin, is a fairly alarming thing to behold as far as condiments go — a thick, darkly mysterious sludge that resembles, more or less, a small vat of spent motor oil. The salsa...
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