Restaurant offers authentic and hearty Mexican meals

Author: By Bridget Schultz
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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I love Mexican food. I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill Mexican fast food. I’m talking about the real thing. If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, Avocado is the restaurant for you. My mother loves Mexican food just as much as I do, so I decided to take her along with me. When we first walked in, we were instantly greeted by the hostess and a waitress. With a big smile on her face, the waitress led us to a large dining area. The booth we sat in was cozy and comfortable. The décor was festive with bright yellow painted walls decorated with Mexican artifacts such as wide-brimmed sombreros. The waitress quickly brought us over complimentary tortilla chips and salsa. The salsa was fresh and spicy, but not too hot -- just the way I like it.

When my mom and I opened the menu we were in heaven. There were the usual suspects you would expect to find at a Mexican restaurant, like quesadillas and nachos, but there were also many unique dishes liked stuffed pineapple. The one thing I found disappointing was that Avocado does not have their liquor license yet. I definitely could have used a margarita! I asked the waitress about it and she said they should be getting it shortly.

They do have quite a large bar area so I don’t think the wait will be long. There were a number of specialty Mexican sodas called Jarritos, juices, and something called a Horchata, a rice drink made with cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar that I thought sounded intriguing. My mom and I both decided to try an orange flavored Jarrito and we were both pleased with its sweet and refreshing taste.

I started the meal with Sopa De Frijoles, a slow-cooked black bean soup topped with sour cream and my mom ordered nachos. We couldn’t believe how large the portions were! My soup was filled to the brim of a large bowl and the nachos were overloaded with refried beans, melted Chihuaha cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and guacamole. The soup was great, made with a very light broth that was very flavorful. The nachos were crispy and the toppings made every bite more delicious than the last. Both starters could have been meals upon themselves but we still had the main course.

For my entrée I ordered the Enchiladas Poblanas, which were two large corn tortillas filled with chicken topped with home style mole sauce (dried chili peppers, ground nuts and seeds, spices, Mexican chocolate, salt and a variety of other ingredients) and melted cheese. The enchiladas also came with rice, beans and sour cream on the side. Everything on the plate was delectable.

My mother ordered the Chicken and Avocado torta which is the Mexican version of a club sandwich. The torta consisted of grilled chicken breast, fresh avocadoes and Roma tomatoes, mayonnaise, chipotle spread, lettuce, bacon and Oaxaca cheese. My mother described her sandwich as “very tasty.” She said the chicken was extremely tender with just the right amount of spices. I couldn’t resist trying a small piece of her sandwich and I was glad I did -- the avocado on the torta was creamy and flavorful.

By the time the waitress asked if we were ready for dessert the two of us were stuffed, but the desserts sounded too delicious not to try. My mom and I decided that instead of getting two desserts we would just share one. We decided to try the flan. The flan was beautifully presented on top of a rich and sweet caramel sauce and was definitely big enough for the two of us. The flan was the perfect companion to our freshly made coffee and a great way to end our meal.

The staff at Avocado was friendly, fast and helpful. The waitress was knowledgeable about the food and could answer questions about what was in the dishes without any hesitation. That friendliness, along with the food and the ambience, made for a wonderful evening. To top it off, we ate two three-course meals for less than $50. The meal was well worth the price because we brought three doggie bags home with us! I will go back to Avocado, especially if there is a margarita waiting for me.
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