Rating - 8 out of 10
After parking the car the first thing I noticed was the nice setting. Behind the building next to the gravel parking lot is a lush yard with thick grass, large trees and picnic benches scattered around. Lined with woods on one side and a corn field on the other it was the perfect setting to walk my dog after our long trip. There are also horseshoe pits with horseshoes waiting for whomever wants to play.
Inside we were greeted with a smile and quickly seated. The employees were all very friendly and the decor was very cute and quaint with brightly colored tables and chairs, fun decorations, and many other niceties hanging from the walls or displayed on shelves.
The menu had a good amount of traditional Mexican dishes as well as some interesting combination platters. There was also a section that explained some Spanish phrases in English. We had fun practicing during our visit. We were interested to see a traditional "soda shoppe" type menu behind the front counter as well. It was reminiscent of places I used to visit during my childhood offering malts, soft serve ice cream, fries, onion rings, etc.
Chips and mild salsa were immediately brought to the table. The chips were warm and the salsa fresh but a bit bland for my taste. I asked for some hot sauce and was presented with two homemade choices; red or green. The red sauce was excellent with great roasted flavor and had a good bit of heat but the green was the bomb! Made with habanero peppers it packed some serious fire.
For our meal Peggy chose the Mexican sandwich. This large sandwich consisted of warm soft artisan bread with refried beans, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, and shredded lamb meat. Very nice consistency and flavor. I had two spicy chicken enchiladas with a spicy chicken soft shell taco. While the quantity and quality were good, the chicken was not spicy at all. This did not bother me because I had their great hot sauces to help with that. Our meals were accompanied with tasty refried beans and a very moist, tender and delicate Mexican rice.
All things considered we really enjoyed our visit and will be back again. If you are ever traveling through Southeastern MN or live in the area it would definitely be worth a visit. I even opted to buy a t-shirt with their logo albeit too small. More reason for me to continue my efforts at the gym and to cut back on the margaritas.
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