Erika's birthday was August 23, and I had promised her that I would take her out to dinner. On the actual day, her friends took her to dinner at Outback, and I tagged along. Two days later, Erika asked if the offer for dinner was still there, and I told her yes, and we agreed to go to the Monterrey Grill. Leaving her grumpy husband Todd at home with the promise of a take out meal for him, Erika and I went down the road to Monterrey's Mexican Grill.
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!