Mexican dinner – the place was recommended by the front desk of a pretty nice hotel, he did point out that most restaurants in this area are chains, which I think tells you something about where you have landed. We drove for 20 minutes and when we got there the restaurant was full to the brim, on Monday night, of large, in every sense of the word, variously tattooed, American families of, it seemed to me, Mexican origin. This seemed to bode well for the cuisine. The kitchen was a place you passed in walking to your table, not as sparkly as one might have liked. The Margaritas cost 99 cents for a big frozen one, considering a Margarita in Switzerland will set you back around 15-18 dollars this was a wonderful price, but as I was driving, no margaritas for me.
Anyhow – excited to be getting Mexican food I ordered the fajitas, the beans came covered in melted cheese, in fact there was melted cheese on everything, apart from on my strawberry virgin daiquiri: there was whipped cream from the can on that (!!!) yes really.
My colleagues order chimichangas, they arrived the size of small torpedoes, on plates heaped with rice and guacamole and cream cheese, the sheer volume of the food, almost off-putting and indeed they suddenly were not hungry anymore. Ok presentation is not everything – my fajitas were passable – the guacamole fresh, the cream cheese, well nothing you can do wrong there, the steak a little dry, the onions nicely done, the re-fried beans with their coating of melted cheese a little weird, the salsas hot and fresh so overall 4 out of 10 for the fajitas compared to other places I have eaten at in the US or even Switzerland.
The top sights for the place, I am currently at, include hockey stadiums, base-ball stadiums, training camps for baseball teams and nascar racing, everything is very flat and has been clothed in a hard casing of concrete.
I am sure there is beauty out there, but I am yet to see it and of course I am not here for the view, the food or anything beyond work, but hey, I did expect to have great Mexican food here. I am going to go to Fiesta Friday to ask Angie and her fellow Americans all about food in the American mid-west 🙂 and maybe to discover what their food recommendations would have been.
Curious to see checked the restaurants ratings today – most users give it 4 stars, some comments include:
Great fast service and amazingly delicious food!! Great cheap margaritas during happy hour – try the prickly pear!!! And also try the pollo muy especial! Tons of outdoor TVs and a beautiful entrance and patio.
And there you have it – I think if the outdoor televisions are part of a place’s rating it may be an additional indicator on whether it’s your type of place.