Upon entering Monterrey's, Erika and I were greeted by the host and seated near this family with a bratty kid. Visions of a 2x4 against the brat's head ran through our heads as we looked at our menus, but by the time Erika and I got our 2 for 1 margaritas (Monterrey's has this special every night) from the nice waiter who called us senoritas (I feel so young now!), the family and brat were gone, and Erika and I could have a peaceful dinner!
Munching on the complimentary chips, salsa, and bean dip, Erika and I perused our menus. Our waiter returned, and we ordered Stuffed Jalapenos to start while Erika ordered the Steak Fajitas while I got the Shrimp Fajitas. About five minutes later, our waiter brought out our Stuffed Jalapenos, and they were awesome. Fresh out of the oil and oozing with Monterrey Jack cheese, Erika and I devoured them in a heartbeat with a little Habanero sauce to add a little more kick to them!
A few minutes later, our entrées arrived sizzling hot on their cast iron plates. Erika's steak fajitas were loaded with meat, onions, and peppers while my shrimp fajitas had 12 shrimps, onions, and peppers. On separate plates, we had tortillas, refried beans, rice, guacamole, and sour cream. Erika and I ate almost everything on our plates, and she had enough left for a doggie bag to take home. Our waiter joked with Erika that she wouldn't get dessert unless she cleared her plate, and I told him if our Nana had heard that, she would beg to differ. That woman always had room for dessert, and so did Erika and I!The Fried Ice Cream was screaming my name, and I succumbed to the temptations and increasing waistline to it. It only cost $2.50, but when it arrived, it was HUGE and appropriately with two spoons. The fried ice cream came on a fried tortilla shell with tons of homemade whipped cream and three maraschino cherries on top. I pushed the plate to the middle of the table and told Erika she was helping me eat the thing stuffed or not and even gave her most of the cherries as an incentive! At the end of this meal, Erika and I were very stuffed and waddled out the door after paying.With a take out Burrito Supremo for Todd, the meal came to $40 + tip, and I would come here again!
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by Wildcat Dianne
August 26, 2007
From journal Pigging Out in Pensacola II
Being too hot and too lazy to cook, I had been wanting to try this Mexican restaurant Erika and Mom said was really good and inexpensive, Monterrey's Mexican Grill. Another advantage this restaurant had it was right down the road from Erika's house and since I was careless for the night, I could walk over there and get an order to go.
So about 4pm, I phoned the Monterrey Grill and placed an order for a 1/2 order of Nachos with Beans ($3.50) and Chicken Mole Poblano ($7.50). I told the guy on the phone I was walking down there and would be there in 20 minutes. I got there within 15 minutes, but my food wasn't ready, yet, and after paying for my order ($11.19 with tax), the young waiter told me to have a seat at one of the seats at the entrance. Grateful for a few minutes to catch my breath and rest the sore calf, I plopped down in a chair. Good thing, I placed my order early because by 4:30, Monterrey's was starting to pick up with many elderly people getting an early meal and people coming in for a Friday night meal with friends or co-workers.
After sitting for about 15 minutes, my food showed up, and I started the short walk back home to eat. On the first turn to the house, a little pug dog ran out of his yard to greet me and wouldn't stop sniffing my bag of goodies from Monterrey's. If his owner hadn't come outside to get him, he would have been following me home to two very put out puppies!
After getting home and catching my breath, I sat down to eat. My order of Nachos was enough to feed two of us. It was HUGE with thin tortilla chips with refried beans, Monterrey jack cheese, and tons of jalapenos smothering them. They were good, hot, and spicy, and I was wondering if I was going to have flames shooting out of my butt later on that night.
The Mole Poblano didn't light my fire. After having the spicy nachos, the Mole was kind of bland, but good with its boneless chicken breasts in a dark sauce. Along with Spanish rice and tortillas, this made a very good and filling meal for me!
Monterrey's Mexican Grill is open from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It has an extensive menu from tacos, salads, and other Mexican cuisine. Pardon the pun, but they have the whole Enchillada! Erika noticed the take out bag from Monterrey's in the trash the next day, but it didn't stop us from going back there the next night for dinner.