Aug 13, 2005, 11:40 AM
Post #4 of 4
We ate at the restauant in the Aurora center about a week ago. I ordered a chicken sandwich for about 58 pesos that arrived on a huge homemade roll cut into two sections and would have been enough for two people. Mostly roll, but it was delicious. My husband ordered an asian pasta which was over-soy sauced. Since the sandwich was too much for me, we shared. We had tried the restaurant when they first opened and we both ordered the nicoise salad. For this, they used the low-end type of canned tuna. People told us the place had improved, so we returned. The new home-baked bread was a plus. We haven't tried the recommended apple pie. I agree that it is pricey.
A comment on SMA restaurants in general: Too many open up without doing the necessary market research. As a for instance, we parked and headed for the new Finnegans at lunchtime, wanting to try the menu from the new chef. The posted lunch menu jumped from starters to full price dinner items. Not a reasonable lunch item or a simple sandwich listed. Why not? Since we didn't want to pay a high tab and were hungry, we walked down the street to what I consider the "gold standard" of local restaurants in terms of having good food, reasonable prices and a menu catering to a variety of tastes. Lunch for two was under 130 pesos. We like to eat out, and we know that there is superb dining available for those who can afford the tab, but we are locals on a budget who just want a good meal. Hecho en Mexico can be counted on for consistently well prepared food. Another plus is the options for side items served with the main dish. If you don't want beans or rice, you can have the vegetables, a salad, or a list of other selections. Both Mexican families and gringos are patrons. In my opinion, anyone contemplating making a living in the local restaurant business should check that place out and learn. For one thing, the tables are usually full or close to it, lunchtime until closing. For another, they don't need to offer free drinks to attract customers. The food does that job. I have one negative: the spaghetti dish never met an Italian cook. Almost no sauce, and what there is tastes like Hunt's tomato sauce, sans garlic, sans spices and sans flavor. Somebody must like it, since I see plates of it getting cleared, so what do I know? Maybe that's how their grandma made it. On the very positive side, there's the cheese enchiladas with Poblano sauce. Yum. ( Honest; I am not related to the owner.)
(This post was edited by Gringal on Aug 13, 2005, 2:11 PM)