We arrived not long after they opened, some of the only Huntsvillians to decide to have Mexican food for Memorial Day. A flat screen TV played soundlessly on one end of the room while a Spanish radio station provided the soundtrack–a seamless blend of Spanish and English chatter and music. The restaurant itself was full of saturated colors–yellow walls, blue ceilings and seating that was red, orange, green, and purple.
After some deliberation, we placed our orders–beef Tacos Mexicanos for me and a chicken Burrito Real for the hubby. Our food came up quickly, neatly plated.
I have an abiding love for flautas and the Tacos Mexicanos (shown at the top of this post) were essentially tiny flautas made with corn tortillas. The deep fried shells were crispy with the same deep corn flavor as the chips. The beef was shredded and cooked with green bell peppers and tomatoes. All-together the “tacos” were flavorful with a nice textural balance between crunchy and chewy.
Along with the main dish, my plate came with beans, rice, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and lettuce. The lettuce (shredded iceburg) and sour cream were exactly what you would expect. The house prepared sides were fresh and flavorful. The beans were creamy and smooth with a robust “bean-iness” that handily surpassed the blandness of many homemade refried beans. The short grained rice was cooked with an oil that added a sheen and a rich dose of flavor. Bits of tomato and onion added to the color and the taste. The guacamole was made with fresh avocado, tomato, onion, and a hint of cilantro. Not only was the avocado good (a hard thing to find in Huntsville) but the overall dish was light and delicious. The pico de gallo captured the same light, bright essence with fresh tomatoes, crunchy onion and minced cilantro.
The hubby’s enjoyed his Burrito Real, commenting especially on the quality of the chicken.
Total for the meal: $17.47 (Includes two soft drinks and two lunch items)
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