Report Card: Chile Verde

Chile Verde near Polaris

Chile Verde near Polaris

Chile Verde Cafe on Urbanspoon

http://chileverdecafe.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade B

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere: Grade B: We hit up our nearest Chile Verde for lunch a few weeks ago. Since we weren’t there during peak hours, it’s a little hard to judge on atmosphere. The place was exceptionally clean and quiet, and table spacing was a non-issue since there were only a couple other patrons in the restaurant. The outside décor is pretty bland, but the particular Chile Verde is located in a strip mall, so the outside of the building is probably always going to be fairly bland. Although it was clean on the inside, it was also fairly boring. But let’s face it, if you’re eating at Chile Verde, that means you’re probably tired of Taco Bell but don’t want to spring for the upscale atmosphere of a Cantina Laredo. That’s cool. Chile Verde seems comfortable in its own skin and isn’t trying to fool anyone with flashy décor.

High marks: Quiet and clean

Low marks: Inside and outside décor fairly bland

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Service: Grade B: As with most of our experiences with Mexican themed restaurants, we had a bit of a language barrier with our server. But, he still did a really nice job of looking after us. As with other Mexican restaurants, our food was ready in a matter of minutes. Margaritas came quickly, and once they were drained the server was quick to offer a refill (we declined – it was a little too early to tie one on). We received fresh chips and salsa after a really short wait once we finished off the first batch. Overall, service was really solid, but just not spectacular.

High marks: Friendly, quick service

Low marks:   Slight language issues, nothing spectacular

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Food/Spirits: Grade B+: After devouring a couple baskets of tortilla chips and a half gallon of salsa, which was pretty good but we have had better chips and salsa, we both decided on fajitas for lunch. However, we both started off with margaritas before we dug in to our fajitas. Katina ordered a raspberry margarita and I selected a strawberry margarita (I know…real butch, right?). Both margaritas were extremely flavorable with nary a hint of tequila taste. Yum yum! Katina ordered the chicken fajitas and I ordered the steak fajitas. Now, those of you who regularly follow this blog may have noticed that I rarely get anything chicken based except for the occasional order of chicken wings. You all may be wondering why I generally shun chicken, so I am going to tell you. Chickens are absolutely one of the filthiest animals on the planet. Eww! It doesn’t seem to bother Katina, though. She eat almost anything with chicken in it. Now the fajitas at Chile Verde are very good. Our favorite part was the amount of meat that came with the meal. My experience with fajitas is that generally you get a few morsels of meat and a ton of veggies. That always seemed out of balance to us. The fajitas at Chile Verde were quite different. Oh, there were veggies, but there was also lots of meat. And, the veggies and cheese were mixed together, so it was easy to maintain the balance of the dish. If you grabbed a handful of cheese, you invariably got a handful of peppers and onions to go with it. We were quite impressed with the fajitas at Chile Verde.

Now, it’s time for us to get something off of our chest. As we previously mentioned, Katina had a raspberry margarita and I had a strawberry one. Big whoop, right? Well, the following weekend, our 12 year old daughter informed us what they use to maintain and enhance those artificial fruit flavors. If you’re a die-hard raspberry or strawberry fan, stop reading here. For the rest of you, just be aware that those artificial flavors are enhanced by an extract from a beaver’s anal gland. At first, we thought it was just raspberry flavoring, which was fine with me because I didn’t have a raspberry margarita. Plus, I could always use this knowledge to embarrass Katina at a later date. But, further investigation showed that the beaver butt juice can also be used for strawberry flavor. Gross, right. I think from this point on, I will stick to traditionally flavored margaritas (unless I find a banana one – those are pretty damn rare).

High marks: Fantastic fajitas    

Low marks: Nothing special about the chips and salsa, beaver butt juice

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Value: Grade B+: We ate pretty well and didn’t spend too much money. Portion size seemed pretty good, although it’s a little hard to tell when you order fajitas – you usually don’t take fajitas home in a doggy bag. Quality actually exceeded our expectations. We would definitely recommend a visit to Chile Verde.

High marks: Good quality, decent portion size

Low marks: Hard to judge portion size with fajitas – one of us should have gotten a burrito

 

 

 

 

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