In my opinion, there can never be too many Mexican restaurants. After all, just as there are many dialects throughout Mexico, the varieties send styles of Mexican food can be quite different from place to place. At some of restaurants I have discovered interesting combinations that are so unique and special that are rarely order anything else at that specific restaurant. When my friend invited me to Miguel’s Cucina, in Carlsbad, I could hardly wait to see what this place has to offer.
Miguel’s is located in a remodeled building from the old Marie Callenders era. The facility is large and the improvements look great. We arrived early for lunch and by the time we finished our meals the restaurant was filled with many customers. I liked the fact that there was more than enough room at each table and plenty of separation between each dining area. This permitted plenty of business conversation without disturbing nearby guests.
I ordered the carnitas from the menu, which gave me an excellent opportunity to compare Miguel’s with other restaurants serving the same entrée. Included were all the fixings and the waitress accommodated me by substituting two types of beans instead of beans and rice. I much preferred the black beans to the traditional refried style as the latter appeared somewhat flavorless to me. The carnitas entrée was juicy and delicious. The plate was generously proportioned. Our waitress, Katie, was very friendly and attentive and gave us a proper amount of attention. The traditional basket of chips and salsa was enhanced with a couple of additional sauces containing a jalapeño cheese, which succeeded in preventing me from ever trying the other sauce. What a nice bonus!
While this restaurant is not at the very top of my “favorite Mexican restaurant list”, as such placement is reserved for only the select best, it certainly is a great place to consider no matter what size your crowd.
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