October 12, 2012

Me encanta papas fritas francés!

A Spanish title.... it has to be about Mexican food.... You're on to me! Question now is, have you Google Translated the title yet? It’s true, I love French fries (you Google searcher) and my point is, should a Mexican restaurant have French fries on their menu? I say no! That would be like your favorite sports bar serving empanadas instead of fries, chips or the new trend in sides, tots.

While running errands, my wife and I decided to use one of our Metro Dining Club Cards and take a stab at a new Mexican restaurant, Las Tortillas located in Rosemount which opened its doors in May of 2011 and priding themselves in serving fresh house-made tortillas, seasonal Mexican fair and true classics. This was our first time stopping by and while waiting to be sat, we were told by a couple at the bar, “Don’t get the nachos!” Not the best way to start our new dining experience…

Curious, we asked if this was their first time and they replied with a quick, “YES!” and continued with, “We’ve been spoiled by one of our favorite places near our camping grounds in Waseca, El Molino’s.” Looking at the plate, I was thinking they looked pretty good, but then spotted the ultimate no-no when making a great restaurant quality nacho… You NEVER use nacho cheese from your favorite sporting event dispenser – PERIOD! You’re a Mexican restaurant with chiwawa or queso cheese and you’re using the dispenser style nacho cheese? No thanks!

For such a small place, we didn’t have to wait long at all and enjoyed a beverage while we waited as well, you kind of have to…  Once we were sat, we were greeted with chips and salsa and the salsa was pretty darn good and my wife pointed out a nice corn flavor that hits you at first bite and I really liked it and the chips were pretty good as well, but not our favorite. En las comidas!

I decided to go with the jumbo burrito filled with; cilantro lime rice (which had very little lime and not a lot of cilantro), black beans, sour cream (didn’t really taste it), Pico de Gallo and Oaxaca cheese with your option of dispenser nacho cheese or queso cheese melted on the top… Really? Of course I went with queso! It was quite large and pretty good, but más sabor por favor! My wife decided to go with the taco trio combo that included one of each; braised chicken, carnita pork and beef pastor. Her meal also came with cilantro lime rice or Mexican rice (she chose cilantro lime rice), refried or black beans (she chose refried) and all the usual taco fixings. The rice again had zero lime and cilantro flavor and the beef pastor was not the greatest and neither of us really wanted to eat it. The chicken and pork on the other hand had pretty good flavor, but the house made tortillas were nothing to brag about.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How were the french fries?

Nicholas said...

Just a pile of french fries... Should work on their actual Mexican food!

Amy Schulz said...

I am glad you visited Las Tortillas, as it is one of our families favorite restaurants. I always describe the food at Las Tortillas as not your typical mexican, but it is light and fresh! I love the fresh ingredients they use in their specials of the day, burritos, enchiladas, etc...

I also have 2 kids that LOVE Las Tortillas...kids are normally only happy if their meal includes fries, so thank you Ryan! If the kids are happy, Mom and Dad are happy!

No every restaurant is not for everyone, so if you like Boca Chica because of their heavy/leave you rolling out the door feeling, then this is not the place for you.

Ryan and Ricardo are personable and have their heart in their restaurant.

Nicholas, thank you for your review and keeping an open mind. Side note - have you tried Las Margaritas in Hastings? Again not your typical mexican, boca chica, restaurant.

Nicholas said...

Amy, my wife and I have tried Las Margaritas and we do like the food there. I'd say it's closer to typical Mexican food than you might think.

I would still stick to my list over Las Margaritas though...

Nicholas said...

Amy, my wife and I have tried Las Margaritas and we do like the food there. I'd say it's closer to typical Mexican food than you might think.

I would still stick to my list over Las Margaritas though...