Tres Amigos has long been one of my favorites when I’m ready for a full, sit-down meal of authentic Mexican foods, but I had yet to check out Tres Amigos in its new location on the east side of town.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but walking inside was my first surprise. Like opening an oyster shell and finding a pearl inside, I was delighted by the bright, open and inviting atmosphere of the new Tres Amigos. Far larger than its previous location, the front room offers enough space between tables for a quiet conversation among diners. Families have room to spread out, and smaller groups can enjoy a little privacy.
Wander to the back and you’ll find a bar where you can enjoy one of Tres Amigos famous specialty margaritas — in about a million different flavors.
But let’s get to the heart of the matter — the food. Browsing the menu took awhile; I never know what I want. And that also gives me time to really enjoy the bowl of warm nachos and salsa, along with a tall, cool drink.
Tempted by the Chili Colorado — chunks of beef in a mild red chili sauce and green onions — I finally settled on the burrito lunch special, which included a hard shell taco and fried rice.
My beef burrito — always a favorite of my dining companion — came with a rich blend of melted cheeses and enchilada sauce. It was hot and delicious, and very filling for a noontime meal. Still, I managed to make room for the taco. Seasoned to perfection, the taco meat was topped off with garden fresh lettuce and another blend of cheeses and chopped tomato.
While I’m not usually a rice person, fried Mexican rice is another story. It has a full flavor that is both soft and delicate, and yet still carries just enough kick to make it interesting.
Let me not forget to add that the service was excellent — fast and friendly.
My only regret is that I again failed to save room for dessert. Next time I’m ordering the Margarita Pie first. Whipped cream rosettes and toasted coconut on top of a key lime mousse sounds too good to resist, and I won’t be resisting much longer when I visit Tres Amigos again.Tres Amigos
3521 Fifth Ave. South
Hours: Sun.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Mon. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.