To the Hopi, Gretchen Kurtz writes, kachinas are spirit-beings associated with rain, corn, animals and other elements critical to life in the desert. Not that you'd grasp this from the splashy Southwestern restaurant of the same name that opened in the Westin Westminster in September. According to the menu, kachinas "represent anything in the natural world or cosmos," including "a location, a quality...or a concept." But the only concept represented at Kachina, she says, seems to be a Southwestern cliché straight out of Epcot.
Or is that Disneyland?
See also: -Kachina promises a magical trip through the Southwest, but the journey isn't finished - Slide Show: Behind the scenes at Kachina - Chef and Tell: Patrick Harnett, exec chef of Kachina, on chiles, chiles and more chiles
Regarding the Epcot comparison: The food at Epcot has really improved in the last few years. I had the misfortune of dining at Kachina recently and it reminded me more of my Disney visits in the early 90's when the food was truly horrific.
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