Thursday, August 14, 2014

NLR Restaurant Review: Cilantros

Awhile back, a new Mexican restaurant moved in to a shopping center not far from our house.  This weekend, Josh and I were hungry for lunch before we ran a bunch of errands, so I suggested we try out Cilantros.  I heard good things, so I wanted to give it a try for myself.

I was immediately impressed by the interior.  It was a lot bigger than I thought, and at 1 pm on a Saturday, it was really busy.  We got seated at at a table next to this interesting bar, and we were quickly brought chips and salsa.

The salsa was great!  It was spicy and fresh, and the chips were good, but a little on the thick side.  We asked if they had a hot salsa, because a lot of Mexican restaurants do, and they did!

This salsa was fantastic.  They really should bring it out for everyone.  This salsa was spicy and very vinegary.  It was full of fresh cilantro and onions, and I really liked it.  I ended up putting this all over my lunch.

Josh ordered a cheese dip, so I decided to go for some guac.  As we walked into the restaurant, I saw people with huge table made guacamole, but I knew that would be too much for one person, so I just ordered a small one.  The small was still huge.  I was slightly disappointed by the guac, but it was not bad.  I'm sure it was made in house, but it didn't taste like it.  It definitely wasn't anything special.

For lunch, I ordered the spinach enchiladas without cheese or sour cream topping.  They added a red sauce to the top that was very delicious.  The enchiladas were great!  They were so full of spinach.  My favorite part, though, were the beans.  I did not care for the poblano rice at all.  It was very dry, so I didn't end up eating it.

I saw a few items on the menu that I knew I had to try, so I ordered them to go with my dish.  I'm really glad that I did, because they really helped finish everything.  The first is the pineapple pico de gallo, which was fantastic.  I added it to the beans, and it was delicious.  The second was the jicama mango slaw, and it was fresh and flavorful.  They really added a fresh note to all of the food.

I would definitely eat at Cilantros again.  I think the price point is a little on the high side for the quality of food.  That statement might need to be backed by another trip.  If I had only tried the enchiladas and salsa, I would not have been that impressed, but the fresh side dishes really made the meal for me.  It's hard to compete with some of our other, less inexpensive but incredibly delicious Mexican restaurants in town, but this is a good addition to the food scene.

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