Salsa a la {Closed}… Bob

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This month’s Girls’ Dinner Night Out took us out for some Salsa a la Salsa. Rob laughed and said he was so glad he wasn’t included in this. He’s not a huge fan of salsa, nor would he want salsa on top of his salsa. HA!

I had been to Salsa a la Salsa once, probably over 10 years ago near the Convention Center. I didn’t remember much about it. However, we were venturing to their new location – in Uptown.

This was one restaurant where I did not look at the menu before dining. Can you believe it? My friend Jen was certainly surprised. But really, how can you go wrong with Mexican food?

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We ordered some cocktails {obvi, not pictured}:

  • El Camino Margarita made with reposado tequila, pomegranate purée, lime juice and grand marnier. <– Kim loved this!
  • House Margarita made with tequila, lemon, lime, orange and agave nectar. Jen realized how spoiled we’ve become about good tequila. Plus, there’s just too much sour mix in most margaritas these days, imho.
  • Paloma made with blanco tequila, grapefruit soda, fresh lime. It just so happens that I had my first Paloma in this very building a couple of years ago when the establishment was Boneyard Kitchen and Bar. {I never did write about that one.} And I fell in love with Palomas!. This one was horrible – completely sour and unbalanced. Oh well.

As I know how much I tend to fill up on chips and guac at Mexican restaurants and then tend to overdue it on the entree, I decided to order some soup instead. Both the Cilantro Chicken Soup and the Pozole de Pollo sounded great. I was really in the mood for chicken, specifically shredded chicken. Is that weird? I made my choice based on the recommendation of our server:

Pozole de Pollo traditional pre-columbian soup; shredded chicken, hominy, guajillo, oregano, served with tostada 5.75 / 7.95

Pozole de Pollo – traditional pre-columbian soup; shredded chicken, hominy, guajillo, oregano, served with tostada $7.95

The juicy shredded chicken was just what I wanted! The tostada on the side was a nice, refreshing accompaniment, too. However, the flavor of the soup was a bit boring. That was, until I realized under those limes was some onion and cilantro to dump in it… DOH!

Kim’s tamales looked out of this world. That sauce and all that cheesy goodness!

Tamales de Pollo two chicken tamales with green sauce, melted cheese, served with Spanish rice and refried beans. Ala carte 12.95

Tamales de Pollo  two chicken tamales with green sauce, melted cheese, served with Spanish rice and refried beans $12.95

But I think Jen, probably ordered the healthiest and most desirable dish {to me anyway!}

Plato de Barbacoa slowly braised beef with avocado leaf, onion, tomato, pickled jalapeños 16.95

Plato de Barbacoa – slowly braised beef with avocado leaf, onion, tomato, pickled jalapeños $16.95

The juicy, flavorful barbacoa couldn’t have been better. Those green beans were well-seasoned such that I wanted to eat them like fries. Jen barely made a dent in that plate. I think she took home what could have been two or three more servings. I’d definitely get this dish next time!

Oh, and BTW, the Traditional Guacamole rocked.

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And in GDNO tradition, we headed to a new-to-us coffee shop:

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We generally choose our coffee shops based on proximity to the restaurant. Kim is usually in charge of searching for one once we get into the car. 🙂

What I really liked about Bob’s was that dogs are allowed! There was one beautiful dog there while we were and treats on the counter for those who bring them in.  Also, this…

I don’t quite understand the significance of the number 33 everywhere; but Bob’s Java Hut was great for handcrafted cuppa and conversation regardless.

 

What are your favorite Mexican style foods?

Name a place you are happy {or unhappy} that dogs are allowed!

Cheers~
Carrie

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One response »

  1. Your friends barbacoa dish – it’s like a picky plate to me – perfection! I love when you can get the guacamole done table side – so that I can get it without the dreaded red onion 😛

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