Colorado Grill

Address:
Colorado Grill
1514 S Marshall St
Boone, IA 50036
(515) 433-7020
www.thecoloradogrill.com

The Dish:
White Cheddar Nuggets (Appetizer was complimentary)
Grilled Cheese (Chloe)
Reuben Burger (Me)
Black Diamond Pita (Tress)
Two Diet Cokes and a kids milk
$29 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Spoon, 1 Knife

Having visited many times prior, I felt it was due to visit the Grill (as local Boonians call it) and reviewing it. I think after an early light lunch and a train ride, all of us we’re ready to eat.

Ambiance: Formally in an old Godfather’s building (the only evidence of this is the kitchen wall with the small window, the party rooms, and the sign outside) this little Applebee-similar restaurant has, you guessed it a Rocky Mountain feel about it in the menu and with some items on the wall. Additionally the presence of the DMACC Bears Boone Campus is evident as there are team signed volleyballs and basketballs in cases on the way. A great place to watch a sporting event as there are at least seven flat screen TV’s, most of which are larger in size. Kids get a “fun bag” with random items in it. Chloe just happened to get one (I picked) with a play jewel ring, soccer sticker, color sheet, and a really long and strong bendy straw.

Menu/Price: It seems that management changes the menu from time to time as certain things looked new to us, while other things we’re missing. I asked our awesome waitress (whom also happened to be an Assistant Manager herself) and she said that they change about once a year. That made sense, but seeing as we were there just few months ago, the menu change might have happened between the two visits. The Rocky Mountain/Colorado theme is evident in the menu as there are plates such as the Black Diamond Pita, Mile High Dinners, Colorado Nachos and so on. Additionally, this is one of the few places where you can get breaded pickles! Probably the weirdest item on the menu was the Reuben Burger which I got and will describe below. Pricing is very reasonable as you can get a burger and a soda for just about $10 (figuring tax and tip in). If you care to spend more, the 12 oz Ribeye and Prime Rib (when available) top the menu out at $15.99.

Meal: It goes without saying that we were hungry! One highly positive note is every time we have eaten here, I have never felt skimmed on portions. Portions and preparation here is given high detail. For an example, Chloe’s grill cheese was just like we would make it at home, loaded with cheese (albeit bad for you). Plus they used two kinds of cheese for it! Tress’s Black Diamond Pita was similar to a club sandwich with “sliced ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and white American cheese layered between two lightly toasted pitas.” The pita came with a side of a sauce that is mayonnaise based and is great to dip fries in. Now if you will imagine you take a Reuben (for those of you who don’t know what that is, 2 marble rye bread, Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, and corned beef, all grilled) and insert a hamburger (freshly made, not preformed) into that Reuben. Then you have the Reuben Burger. It was a bit odd at first, but I grew to like it. It is a great option for those who can’t decide between a patty melt or a Reuben. The White Cheddar Nuggets that we started on were heaped into a nice skillet plate and served with a side of ranch dressing. They were nothing short of pure awesomeness. Culvers does a decent job on white cheddar as well, but the Grill has them beat because their breading is lighter, which makes the cheese more gooey.

Service: None of this would have happened if not for the customer service oriented waitress we had. When we walked in we waited probably at least five minutes to be seated. Normally this is not a big deal if there are folks in front of you waiting to be seated. No one was in front of us however. Added to that, three separate waitresses (none of them our waitress) walked buy and kind of gave a little acknowledgement that we were there but otherwise ignored us. Finally, one of them seated us and gave us menus. We then waited an additional ten minutes (approx) before being noticed by an assistant manager who ended up waiting on us. I tend to be a bit quiet to see how the server will remedy the situation on their own accord. This usually shows where there concerns are and is a huge indication about the server’s character. Tress on the other hand is a bit more vocal as she volunteered that we have been waiting forever. I did not volunteer that they were two minutes away from our walkout time, and yes I was seriously going to walk out. Regardless our waitress knew the issue (as another couple who sat down as we were leaving waited a bit of time to be waited on also), and offered to remedy it on her own. Instant gratification!

Overall: I had full intentions of giving the Grill a 1 Fork, 1 Spoon rating. After sitting and waiting for service I was going to give them the 1 Fork rating. However thanks to the customer service oriented assistant manager, I went ahead and bumped them up to the 1 Fork, 1 Knife rating. I like it when a business and their employees and managers put their customers first. Our waitress did this and excelled, which coupled with the quality of the food (which was great) the 1 Fork, 1 Knife is well deserved of the Grill.

Hy-Vee: Part 1 Breakfast

Address:

Hy-Vee

1111 8th St

Boone, IA 50036-2994

(515) 432-6065‎

The Dish:

Smothered Hashbrowns (Myself)

Hy-Five (Tress)

Pancake (Chloe)

$14.57 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Knife

I thought it would be approrpiate to kick off the new year by doing a two part review for the month of January. I thought long and hard about the places I should do this at, since the constraints were you had to have breakfast and dinner at different times. There were choices that were all fast food, buffet, and so on but I decided to roll with an old favorite, HyVee (aka HyVee Deli, V’s Kitchen, HyVee Kitchen).

Ambiance: Part 1: HyVee in Boone offers two great things that I enjoy to watch. People and Trains. The dining area is right next to the entrance/exit so there are many of people entering and leaving to watch. The Union Pacific mainlines are right next door and you get a great view of trains passing by or waiting for highball (if I can use that term). However if you getting breakfast and want to watch trains, you might want to come with sun glasses or on a cloudy day other wise the sun can be very bright! In Part 2, I will cover more of the dinning area.

Menu/Price: For break

Meal:

Service:

Overall:

Broadway Pizza

Address:
The Original Broadway Station (Broadway Bar & Pizza)
2025 West River Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612) 529-7745

The Dish:
2 Diet Coke’s
1 Kid’s Milk
1 Kids Spaghetti
1 Medium Island
1 Small Buffalo Chicken
$32 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Knife

Another opportunity to visit Broadway’s came when we bought Bengals Vikings tickets. At least the pizza was good! (Shortest intro ever?)

Ambiance:
Having been exposed to this establishment prior by my cousin who knows I am somewhat of a choo choo fanatic (a foamer as the real railroaders call us), made this a must visit as Chloe was with us and she is a “foamer” in training. The building is not far from the former lines of the Northern Pacific and Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroads right along the Mississippi River in North Minneapolis. There is a themed “Caboose” outside and inside that you can eat in if you so desire (we did :)). In the bar area and the entry area there is a non stop model train going the heads of patrons. There are plenty of Railroad relics about the place but I think my favorite is the old brake wheels used for door handles.

Menu/Price:
If you do not want Pizza you can get a sandwhich or other item as well. Pricing for these types of items is pretty standard between $6 and $11. Pizza is a bit more expensive and may thwart people from getting it for the price, but it is what you are used to paying. For instance I can get a large Casey’s single topping back home that is awesome for about $10 (which has gone up mind you), here a large single topping (depending on crust) could be closer to $20. Should you choose the pizza route you can order a favorite combo or create your own masterpiece (they say build) with choice of toppings, crust, and sauce. No matter what your tastes are, it would be hard to not come up with a pizza for even the pickiest of eaters, unless your name is Rich Farmer Gravy Johnson. There is a buffet but we arrived to late to partake in that.

Meal:
Chloe was still in the teething stages and spaghetti was about all she would eat. I tried a bit to make sure it was not too hot, and it was decent. The pizza however was awesome! The cheese was piled high for deep dish and it was not a pizza that could be eaten with your hands, well cleanly that is. The dough they use deffinenatly makes it for me. I think the only thing that would have been nice would have been to try the Island with the Garlic Alfredo sauce instead of the original red sauce. Still very good though!

Service:
As mentioned prior we arrived a bit late for the noon hour. The indoor caboose is closed either before the dinner hours or in between busy times as there was a sign that said “Section Closed.” Our cousin asked very politly if it would be possible for us to sit in the caboose (for the foamers). The host thought about it and I think wanted to say no but his superior kinda looked at him and nodded giving us the nod to get in. The downside to this was we did not get frequent visits by our waitress to make sure that refills and everything else were ok. I am not holding this against them at all, because after all we were in the caboose and the caboose comes last.

Overall:
I said the first time I visited that if I am ever in the area again I would visit again, and I did. A great family outing if you live in the area or if your flying through. They do have other locations but this is the one I will probably choose just because of the appeal to a foamer like me.

Ohanna Steakhouse

Address:
Ohana Steakhouse
2900 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
(515) 225-3325
www.ohanasteakhouse.com

The Dish:
Two New York Strip Meals
Two Diet Cokes
$49 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Knife

Tress and I decided to go out for an evening to ourselves for once. After much deliberation on “Where do you want,” “I don’t care, you pick,” we settled on Ohana as it had been a long while since we had been there.

Ambiance: There is definitely a Japanese theme about the place as there are rock gardens near and dear each hibachi table that guests sit at. If you can hear it over the guests talking, laughter and general enjoyment there is a Japanese (or Orient) music playing. Because there is almost always a wait, even if you have a reservation, they have a bar right as you walk in by the sitting area. Oddly enough, without a reservation we got right in. A word of note here, the seating at each table is 7-10. So unless you don’t mind sitting with strangers, you might want to come in a larger group.

Menu/Price: For a “Steakhouse” I find it odd that the only two steaks offered are a 7 oz New York Strip and an 8 oz Filet. I thought that in order to be a true “Steakhouse” you need to offer all cuts and you need to be able to allow your customers to cook their own if they like. I think that little tidbit cost them the 1 Spoon from their 1 Fork, 1 Knife rating. That much aside, you can get a vegetarian meal or something a little more exotic as calamari or lobster. Pricing starts at $12.00 for the Vegetarian meal, and could go up to who knows what because the steaks and lobster are market price. A full exotic/mixed drink menu including the much talked about Volcano. At $10.50 it is easily the most expensive drink on the menu and is loaded with rum and set on fire.

Meal: Part of the experience is that your chef is table side and cooks your entire meal in front of you. Here is what you get (in order of appearance). A hot towel to wash your hands, a Japanese clear soup, a salad with Ginger or Italian Cream Dressing (similar to Ranch), a three piece shrimp appetizer, fresh sautéed vegetables (onions, mushrooms, zucchini), fried rice (steamed is available and is included, fried is $1.50 more but worth it), noodles, and your choice of meat cooked to your specification. Everything is a delight to eat as you get to watch it being made and pretty much eat it hot of the grill. Don’t worry about needing anything beyond a fork or chopsticks, your chef slices and dices everything into bite sized pieces.

Service: This is what people go for. The entertainment you chef gives you as he/she performs while preparing your meal. From everything to, catching items in their hat/pocket/fork to giving a dialogue of the food as it is being cooked. The chefs are backed up by wait staff that is making sure the drinks are full, dirty dishes are removed, and that the chef has everything they need. There is too much to describe to go into detail here, but even if you get just the vegetarian meal, it’s total worth the entertainment.

Overall: I really can’t complain about anything beside the “steakhouse” label and the higher prices which kept it from the full 1 Fork, 1 Knife, 1 Spoon rating I really do recommend it if you have the extra money lying around because it is far cheaper than going to dinner and a movie, and far more entertaining and memorable.

Smokey Pig Bar-B-Q

Address:
Smokey Pig Bar-B-Q
2520 Louisville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101-7136
270) 781-1712

The Dish:
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Red Skin Mashed Taters
Grape NeHi in glass bottle (W00t w00t!)
$9.30 (Tax and tip included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Knife

While I was visiting our corporate offices, I reviewed a few local restaurants. This probably was the most unique of all of the visits I had had in a long time. When I was invited to go to lunch with a colleague, he asked “does eating off of a styrofoam plate throw you” as in would I be turned off by that. When we are talking Bar-B-Q (BBQ for the simplicity of typing), absolutely not! He told me we would go to a little hole in the wall he knew.

Ambiance: And a hole in the wall it was! The building was an older smaller ranch style house at one time. It was converted into a literal little hole in the wall. Two-thirds of the restaurant was kitchen and prep, the other third was a seating area that at full capacity might seat 28. However while I was there was a steady stream of to go’s coming and going. And get this, you ordered and got your food from a hole in the wall! Ok so it was not really a hole but an opening with a counter none the less. The flat screen tv in the corner showing FoxNews, MSNBC, or CNN almost felt out of place.

Menu/Price: Somewhere I got a picture of the menu and the “hole in the wall”. At some point I will post it but know this, prices for everything were all under the $10. They referred to anything potato related as “taters” which was truly awesome! They also had Nehi on the fountain and for that day only they had glass bottles of grape Nehi. Who could pass that up?

Meal: Huge sandwich that was served double dipped in a very spicy vinegary sauce. I used a fork because the bun had pretty much soaked up a lot of this sauce and would have made using hands impossible. Yes I at the bun too because that sauce was worthy of attention! The red skin mashed taters we’re the best thing I think I had had come out of a hole in the wall!

Service: No service to speak of, you went up ordered they made your plate you sat down and threw away your styrofoam plates… unless you are lazy and left it for them or the next folks that sit down. The short southern draw speaking chap that seemed to be running the place was a riot. He asked me if I wanted it double dipped, and not know what that meant I asked my comrade. The chap then told me (before my comrade could answer) that it means “I’ll make it pretty dang hawt!” I was like, “let’s do it!” so he did. At some point found out that I was visiting from Iowa (probably from the ID I showed when I paid with credit) and asked as I was leaving how I liked it. I told him it was spicy enough that if I am ever in the area again, I’ll be back and you can triple dip it!

Overall: I defiantly will be visiting this place again if I am summoned to visit our corporate offices in the future. I would have liked to actually spent a bit more time there just taking in the culture but as always duty called. 1 Fork and 1 Knife is the rating here, and easily could be the full 1 Fork, 1 Knife, and 1 Spoon but I feel further research is warranted and desired 🙂

Big B Bar-B-Que

Address:
Big B Bar-B-Que
3079 Highway 280, Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-9996

The Dish:
Lunch Special
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Chips
Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Sweet Tea
$7.25 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Knife

Hard to miss if your in Alexander City. Big B’s is located right on the corner of Highway 280 and Lee Street (aka highway 22) one of the main roads into Alex City. Although locals don’t think to highly of this joint, I found it met my expectations.

Ambiance:
A bit too sophisticated to be a hole in the wall but it was close. It had more of a 1930’s Whistle Stop feel. Antique ceiling fans circulated air about the place, one being a two blade fan that was still swinging if you get what I’m saying. Many antique items were about and the tables we all of an vintage wood design that you just don’t find in restaurants these days. As it was bbq, you ordered from a counter, they prepped it and you found your own seat.

Menu/Price:
The lunch special is a great deal for what you get for $7.25. You could easily spend closer to $10 if you tried to do it via their regular menu. If the special was not your thing, you could spend a bit less for just a sandwich but most of the folks also got a side and a sweet tea which came to $6.95. Why not pay the extra $.30 for chips and another side?

Meal:
Their sauce they used was a Georgia styled bbq sauce, meaning it was based or made with mustard in some fashion. Not a bad thing unless you don’t like mustard. The meat was defiantly smoked over some sort of wood as it had a nice pink smoke ring about the edges and fell apart just when being moved. Cole slaw and potato salad was ok but nothing to get excited about. Chips we’re standard ruffled chips, that many did not eat. I ate mine with the meat to bring out the flavor in the meat.

Service:
Almost quantifies as fast food. When you order it does not take long to get your meal. The crew in behind the counter was a jovial bunch as well. To top all of this out they had a hostess that I kid you night might as well have been Cathrine Bach (if you don’t know who that is you missed out on the greatest TV show ever!). By now you have probably googled who Cathrine Bach is, but this hostess refilled beverages, cleaned tables and helped some folks with their trays all the meantime looking like and dressed like Cathrine Bach.

Overall:
Well the food was great, Cathrine Bach was a peach of a hostess, and it was cheap. Sounds like a win all around to me. I am not sure why locals don’t think highly of it but what would they know anyway, or perhaps they was shuckin’ and jiv’n me away from going (another Cahtrine Bach reference).

Sinclair’s Kowalinga

Address:
Sinclair’s Kowalinga
Lake Martin
295 Kowaliga Marina Road
Alexander City, AL 35010
334-857-2889

The Dish:
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Side Salad
Seasonal Veggies (Broccoli, Carrots, Zucchini)
House Potatoes
Roll
Diet Coke
$25 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Knife

Situated on a quiet cove of Lake Martin, the locals told us that this was probably one of the best places to go if visiting from out of town (which I was). If you do go get a local to give you directions or get an up to date GPS. I had neither and had a bit of difficulty finding it.

Ambiance:
The option was available to eat on the deck in the lounge area. I opted not to since it was a bit later in the eve and I did not know what kind of incests to expect. Otherwise it has the backwoods lodge and upscale feel to it. The interior was decorated with many wooden statues of various things, all the meanwhile a very dim lighting, fireplace and light jazz playing gave you the impression that you may not be in Alabama after all.

Menu/Price:
A bit pricier but a nice selection of various items. There are a few Creole dishes available as well as Quail, salads and burgers. Entree’s started at $14 and worked their way upwards of $30. Aside from appetizers, nothing was less than $8.50. However everything that passed my table, looked very good with very large portions. If you want you can also get a pizza, which I did not see but from the description it would appear to be a Chicago style wood oven pizza. It better be a large pizza (14 inches plus) for the price starting at $22.

Meal:
And speaking of portions, I had way more food than I could handle. The side salad had a house dressing on it that was similar to blue cheese ranch and was very nicely tossed (if I may use that phrase, wait its my blog so I can!). The house potatoes and vegetables were great and on a separate dish because the pasta took ownership of the normal plate. I do enjoy a good Cajun dish and Sinclair’s did not disappoint! In addition to chicken, there was also creole crawfish tails in the pasta sauce as well.

Service:
Pretty good, although I said no to wine twice I was asked yet a third time. Normally I would get a bit upset but since I was representing a local business I politely declined the third time. Drinks we’re always full and I did not have to wait long to be checked on prior to or during the meal.

Overall:
I think this might be an interesting venue to come back and visit during the daytime to sit on their deck and eat a burger. Or come during a sunset over the lake. I did not mention it prior but they do have a weekend brunch, which would be awesome if it was offered earlier than 11:00 AM. Nevertheless, if you can find it, its worth the trip.

Waffle House #997

Address:
Waffle House 997
1615 Bass cross Road
Hogansville, GA 30230
706-637-9222

The Dish:
Coffee
Waffle
Bacon
Grits
$7 (Tax and tip included)

Grade:
1 Fork, 1 Knife

Something odd happened while I was visiting corporate, I found myself in a situation where I was craving breakfast and it was breakfast time. Normally we utilize the hotel’s breakfast (meh). Since we had to get to the airport at a mid morning time, we checked out early and hit the road with plenty of time to stop on the way at America’s best, Waffle House.

Ambiance:
Not too shabby as Chris Farley would say. Everything was pretty well clean and it seemed as though that this Waffle House was recently renovated, or deep cleaned to the nth degree. They were also extremely busy which is a good thing if you are the unit owner.

Menu/Price:
I have done other Waffle House reviews before so some of it might seem redundant. However since today was a breakfast day, I decided to order pretty much ala Carte. I got quite a bit for $4.92 ($7 was with tip). Nothing individually costs more than $3, with a pecan waffle at the top of the pack at $2.85. Grits are probably the cheapest thing you can get on their menu at $.75 a cup, cheese is extra and taboo if you ask me.

Meal:
Waffle’s from Waffle House rule! I don’t think it is really their batter so much as it is their irons. They get the perfect consistency that is crunchy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy in the middle. As for the grits, I have come to learn there are five basic additions to grits with various combinations; Salt, Sugar, Butter, Milk, and Cheese. I opted for sugar as I used my butter for my waffle, but a little known secret I’ll openly share. Bacon in grits is pretty darn good!

Service:
I love the personal touches that the staff at this unit did. Each of them we’re very friendly and could not believe that Iowa did not have a Waffle House! Despite being flooded with customers, the usual influx of “usual customers” as well as road customers, each could probably attest as I am that the service was great!

Overall:
Once again Waffle House scores high on my scale at 1 Fork and 1 Knife. You might ask why not give them the 1 Fork, 1 Knife, 1 Spoon rating? Simply because Georgia is a long ways away from Iowa, otherwise I would as this is a unit worth becoming a “usual customer” at.

Mickey’s Diner

Address:
Mickey’s Diner
36 W. 7th Street
St. Paul MN 55116

The Dish:
Patty Melt
Fries
Diet coke
$11.55 (tip and tax included)

Grade: 1 Fork, 1 Knife

I was in the Twin Cites area recently and decided to hit up some place I had been by but never had the courage to enter. Mainly because I could not find a time when I could get in to savour the experience. As it turns out the best time is right about midnight because Mickey’s like Waffle House, never closes.

Ambiance: A little bias here since I am a train fan and this is indeed an old rail dinning car, but it was everything I expected! Though there were some modifications no doubt to meet current codes, a lot of the car is still as it was in 1934 when it was delievered by rail to be placed where it is. Even though Minnesota does not have Waffle Houses (I come back to WH a lot I know), they have the equal in their capitol.

Menu/Price: A very common diner menu with one full page dedicated to breakfast (served all day, any day)followed by the common grilled sandwhich items followed by dinner type meals. Probably the most interesting thing was the One Eyed Jack: A grilled ham and jack cheese, with a fried egg wheat served with hashbrowns. Sounded good, but I opted for the more “diner” type in a Patty Melt. Pricing was pretty standard, you could eat there for less than $5.00 on breakfast sides and a coffee, or you could spend upwards to $20 with a New York strip.

Meal: Even though our chef (fry guy, grill operator?) was not named Mickey, he did a wonderful job on acomplishing what I consider to be a staple in a diner classic, the patty melt. Though the hamburger seemed a bit small (could have been my fault as I believe I could have opted for a 1/2 lb)it was done to perfection, served with an ample supply of some of the best fries in a long time!

Service: Service was pretty good, refills were done without asking. We were there during a shift change as well, so I am not even sure if our tip made it to our waitress. She was fired up (in a good way) and seemed to enjoy what she did. Pretty friendly as well.

Overall: It’s hard to poke at stick at something like this, and I really could not find any thing that would keep me from going again outside of the crowds. I can even overlook the fact that they did not appear to take credit cards, however the one small dissapointment I guess is the fact that the booth jukeboxes were not working. Not a huge deal for me considering I did not have change anyway to make it work.

Cha Cha Dee

Address:
Cha Cha Dee
1863 SE Whitworth Parkway
Elmdale, TX

The Dish:
Enchiladas Supreme (chicken)
Chorizo Beans with Mexican Rice
Diet Coke
Homemade Fried Ice Cream
$18.79 (tip and tax included)

Grade: 1 fork, 1 knife

When I was a kid, Mexican food for me was tacos and nachos. That was improved when I started to work and Taco Johns was readily available. Then there were the Americanized Mexican restaurants like Don Pablos, Carlos o’ Kelly’s or Chi Chi’s. Then authentic Mexican restaurants established themselves and quickly forced closures of national chains like Chi Chi’s because they could not compete with the real thing. So I saw Cha Cha Dee and figured that this would be good as I had never heard of them before.

Ambiance: Nice tropical feel of Cancun with out the overkill. I actually ate outside as it was a gorgeous day and the patio they had had actual palm tree’s and a few flowering cacti (there were multiple cactus plants). The waiters and waitress all had matching uniforms that were almost Hawaiian in nature but not enough that would make you think you need to say aloha. The tables and chairs were evidently hand crafted wicker and added a perfect feel for this “tropical paradise.” The menu’s were the most unique thing I have seen to date. They were some kind of hardened wood that was flexible enough to bend and the items were hand etched in with a solder gun. Each menu looked a little different, which made me want to revert to my old days of swiping menu’s as mementos. Along with that the kitchen is open, and you can see everything going on. No secrets here.

Menu/Price: As with most Mexican restaurants the menus are pretty static with a few different names for pretty much the same dish. However the prices were all very affordable. The most expensive thing on the menu was call the “El Grande Fiesta” at $15.99. It sounded enticing to sample basically everything but I really did not want to be wasteful. The weirdest thing on the menu was the “Diablo Churro” which was a cinnamon sugar fried roll with bits of habenero and jalapeño peppers in it. Who eats that kind of thing?

Meal: As I sampled the chips and salsa that were on the table, I noticed that they apparently made their own chips and salsa, which was a good thing. The chip basket even was made from the same wicker that the chairs and tables were made of. When my dish arrived I went for the main course and was pleasantly surprised with the Enchilada. While it was stuffed (more like overflowing) with chicken, cheese, peppers and onions it was also topped with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. One would have been plenty but they gave me two, needless to say some came with me in a to-go carrier. The chorizo beans were smoked then warmed as they had a very nice chipotle taste to them. The rice seemed a little dry for Mexican rice but it also had jalapeño peppers (diced) in it as well so it was spicy. The homemade fried ice cream was truly a treat as they actually used homemade ice cream (I know this because I saw them making it). Diet Coke, meh.

Service: Pretty good, food was prepared fast and correctly. I had to ask twice for a refill but they were pretty busy so I am not going to dock them for that. And since I am sort of comfortable speaking a little Spanish I attempted to and the waiter helped me along and seemed to appreciate the fact that I was trying to “go with the flow”

Overall: Everything was pretty good here; the issue that I had that I have not mentioned up until now was getting in. It took about an hour to wait for a table to open up. But it was well worth it. They are setup in such a way that they could easily expand but in doing so service may be compromised, which would then probably lower everything. Maybe another location in their near future, I sure hope so!