Will the third time be the charm for the restaurant spot at 3160 Eight St.?
I first knew the location as Kinfolks BBQ. Good food, but alas, it closed a few years ago. Then Yanni’s took the spot, transforming the interior into a cozy vineyard scene. I loved the Italian and Greek dishes that were the restaurant’s specialty.
Now Yanni’s is gone, and in its place is Centinela Mexican Restaurant, which opened recently. My dining companion and I knew it was time to check out the new place for lunch.
Once again the interior has been transformed. Yanni’s had used the space to create a cozy, intimate dining spot. Centinela has turned the restaurant into a bright, open area that looked cheerful even on the grey, cloudy day we visited. Walls and booths were painted in bright colors and Halloween decorations added to the cheerful surroundings.
Salsa and chips were in front of us almost before we sat down. The menu offered many pages of specials, combinations and side dishes. It was tough to choose, but I finally decided on a cominbation of a burrito, taco and chili relleno. My dining compaion ordered the chicken fajitas lunch.
My companion received a colorful platter filled with rice, beans, pico de gallo and chicken with vegetables. The peppers were crispy and fresh and the chicken was plentiful. My chili relleno was mild, with plenty of tasty cheese stuffed inside.
Our lunches were generous and tasty, and the price was right — $16.41 for the both of us. Big variety, small price; it makes for a tasty combinantion.
Centinela Mexican Restaurant
3160 Eight St. S.W.
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Mon. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.