Bite Me: Center Cut Ahi Tuna

Nacional 27's entree offers a combo of spicy, smoky and sweet flavors

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 5:14 AM CDT
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Bite Me: Center Cut Ahi Tuna

Nacional 27

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Like an overprotective momma, NBCChicago just wants to feed you. Eat Me is our twice-weekly look at the most succulent dishes Chicago has to offer. Read on, eat well.

The center cut Ahi tuna entree from Nacional 27 -- the 27 represents all of Central and South America's countries -- stands out with its combination of spicy and sweet flavors. We talked to chef Francisco Vilchez about this gorgeous, delicious dish.

What's in It? Fire roasted corn, avocado, cilantro salsa.

Suggested Pairing: Just ask master mixologist Adam Seger.

How much? $22.95

The chef says: "Our tuna incorporates and showcases the bold and exotic flavors of Latin America and Nacional 27. We spice rub and sear only the freshest center-cut ahi tuna. The smokey flavors of the rub are balanced with a puree of avocados, lime juice, cilantro and jalepenos. The dish is topped with a zesty, fire-roasted corn and piquillo chili salsa. This is the perfect autumn dish!" -- Francisco Vilchez

Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron, 312.664.2727 View Full Dinner Menu

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