Brooklyn, New York
April 21, 2005
Upon walking through the makeshift wooden entryway, you come across a large outdoor patio. In the front are a few wooden benches for those who have to wait for a table. Farther down are outdoor tables, a bit wooden and shoddy, but contributing to the tropical feel of the restaurant. Heaters (like the ones you often see in Europe) are placed outside when it gets chilly in order to keep this area open. Farther down is an area that's in a tent-like contraption. It has an outdoor feel, but none of the mosquitoes. Inside the restaurant is a rustic wooden bar, a wood-burning fireplace (for in the winter), and walls lined with random art (including ‘70s velour paintings).
The menu offers appetizers such as Mexican cheese fondue, guacamole, and chips and "wimpy" or "hot" salsa. For entrées, you can go á la carte and order tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or burritos with your choice of a filler: chicken, pulled pork, pulled beef, and vegetables. Sides include roasted corn and beans with rice. For real entrées, you can expect salmon and shrimp with mango salsa or steamed mussels with beer. My favorite is the pulled beef with olives on a quesadilla. Having that with a pomegranate or guava margarita and I'm full. The corn-on-the-cob comes charred and covered in oil and real Mexican cheese. The ingredients at this restaurant set it apart from your local dive. They really have fresh cheese, salsa, and guacamole, which I think is key in Mexican cuisine.
For a night out with a few friends, order a pitcher of white or red sangria, enjoy dinner under the stars (if you can see any!), and talk the night away. This is NOT a romantic restaurant. It's a place you want to go with some close friends or family. Just make sure you come early, late, or during the week if you don't want to wait too long. And, as with most Brooklyn restaurants, this place is CASH only.
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