Every week could be Mexican week for Beard vs. Food, and I would be OK with it. Just about a month ago, Senor Coyotes Cantina & Grille opened in what once was the Marketplace Grill. I know it is still a bit early for them to settle in, but it received the most votes, so I went. The inside looks very similar to the Marketplace, identical almost. We were seated at a table in front of the bar, which allowed me to watch the beginning of the national championship game. We glanced through the menu while our server, a bartender who goes by “Wheels”, got us some drinks. The menu looked like it is having a bit of an identity crisis. American, Tex-Mex and Italian items littered the menu. Everything sounded great, however, so I didn’t know where to start. I figured the Southwestern section was where I wanted to be, with the ethic food theme and all.
Wheels brought us some smoky salted tortilla chips with two different salsas, as well as two awesome cheesy bread sticks with our waters and margarita. We got a few suggestions on what to order. I was in the mood for seafood, so I went with the seafood enchiladas, and Amanda got the chicken burrito. The entrées also come with soup or a salad. I got a normal house salad, while Amanda got a cup of their tortilla soup. The soup was thick and creamy and filled with chunks of chicken and veggies. It was good to dip the bread sticks in.
When our meals came out, they looked delicious. Amanda’s burrito was a tomato basil tortilla instead of a traditional shell. First it was stuffed with chicken, rice, cheese and refried beans, and then it was baked so the tortilla got crispy. It really let the flavors blend together. After it came out of the oven, it was topped with a burrito sauce and shredded cheese. It was a little heavy on the refried beans, but overall it was pretty good. Each plate comes with pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. The guacamole was slightly on the bland side, but the pico and the sour cream went great. My enchiladas were light corn tortillas filled with shrimp, lump crab meat, scallops, cheese and green tomatillo sauce. They were smothered in a rich and chunky enchilada sauce and some more cheese. The seafood tasted fresh, and I was glad to see it was all real seafood versus imitation stuff. The side of rice and beans was OK. The rice didn’t have a lot of flavor, so I added some spicy salsa, which helped.
For Tex-Mex, it was pretty good. I wasn’t expecting to feel like I was in the heart of Mexico, but for what the price was, I got my money’s worth. Chips, bread sticks, two entrées with soup/salad, and a margarita for under $30 is a steal. Thank you to Wheels for the fantastic service and recommendations. You will see me back for sure.
Until next week,
Andrew — Beard vs. Food