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As reported in Restaurantarama not long ago, La Taza Coffeehouse has upgraded its kitchen and added an expanded menu to go along with it. Open for breakfast and lunch Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays with expanded dinner hours Wednesdays through Saturdays, La Taza not only offers the “perfect” cup of coffee, but also a variety of Latin American-inspired dishes, as well as wine and beer (a selection of mixed drinks is planned in the not-too-distant future). Melissa Easter is the driving force behind the Monticello Road establishment, and was happy to pass along the recipe for their “current signature dish,” Grilled Mojito Chicken. One of several original dishes created by Guilford College student Scott Lyman, it’s available most Friday nights—“when we have our Fiesta Fridays Menu,” says Lyman. Live music adds to the fiesta atmosphere on Fridays (and Thursdays and Saturdays, as well), so stop on by for, as the website says, “fun, food and folk. Rock on!!!”–Pam Jiranek

La Taza’s Grilled Mojito Chicken

4 chicken breasts, butterflied and cut in half
1 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup good spiced rum
2 tbs. honey
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
red pepper flakes, to taste
salt and pepper

Mix lime juice, rum, honey, mint, garlic and seasonings. Add chicken and marinate for at least one hour. Grill until caramelized on the outside: Chicken should be cooked through by this point and still juicy. Serve with slices of lime and mint sprigs as a garnish. Serves four.

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