Lois and I have been doing a little walking together in her neighborhood, but this time I wanted to take her downtown so we could walk in Coolidge Park and then grab some lunch.
I had no idea where we would eat or if there even was a place nearby that I hadn’t written about yet, but we spotted a little restaurant almost hidden away on River Street called Poblanos.
I didn’t expect a Mexican restaurant – this area usually offers designer food places.
I wondered how different it would be and just how much I can write about chips and salsa.
They had seating outside, but it was such a pretty day it looked crowded out there so we dined inside and they let us choose where we wanted to sit.
The waitress who waited on us was very friendly and, as she told us about the place and how it had been there for a couple of years, she said she really loved working there and she loved the food. She said they had ‘killer margaritas’ but I wasn’t in the mood to be killed, so we stuck with Diet Coke.
When our gal brought us the usual chips Mexican restaurants give you, I noticed they were warm and crisp and not greasy. The salsa looked good too.
Lois isn’t that fond of salsa so she asked for cheese dip for $4 and we went ahead and ordered. Lois, of course, stuck with her old standby the Chicken Chimichanga for $11.95. She is never very adventurous and, when she tries to be she always hates it. I think I prefer her to stick with her usual choices.
I chose the Longhorn Quesadilla for $12.95. I was surprised at how much they had to offer on their menu.
Sometimes if a place looks clean, I will check out their bathrooms and Poblanos had a very clean, well-kept bathroom facility. I was very impressed with how clean this place was and the service was impeccable. They make you feel as if you are a friend.
Lois didn’t have one complaint with her meal (is this a first?) and I really enjoyed mine as well. My steak was very tender and it was also very tasty with a nice flavor. There was even fresh avocado on top. I could tell this place cared about what they served and it wasn’t one of those cookie-cutter establishments.
Lois really liked the cheese sauce and she said her Chimichanga had a spicy kick to it, but not overpowering.
We were so full, we felt like we needed to walk a little more so I am glad we didn’t get a killer margarita and just went for a kick.
We really enjoyed this secret place and hope that others will find it and try it out.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.