We dined at Eva's Brickhouse on Christmas Eve, it was our third year in a row. By we, I mean my Wife Lucy, our Daughter Geri, our Son-In-Law Robert and our Grandson Jack. We have added Eva's as a family tradition in the same manner that we travel to Puerto Vallarta each year to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Of all the restaurants we visit in the PV area, I must put Eva's in the category of "true dining" rather than just "going for dinner".
On our Christmas Eve this year, we were greeted by the owner of Eva's, Kent's house dog and pal Max. Max was being visited by his pal Odie. Kent was not far behind. He greeted us warmly and with the feeling of family. His energy is beyond compare and his enthusiasm for the happiness and contentedness for his guests is beyond compare.
After a short visit and a reuniting, Kent started his presentation of our five course dinner. We started with a Caesar Salad that was fresh, crisp and had a wonderful dressing. This was followed by a pasta with a light, chunky tomato and garlic sauce. Next came some tender and juicy, pit smoked Baby Back Ribs. The sauce was smokey and added flavor to the pork rather than covering it up. This was followed by a beautiful and luscious grilled Dorado. The meal ended with a treat of all treats. This being a Mango and Grand Marnier Cheesecake. Of our five courses, the Caesar Salad, Pit Smoked Baby Back Ribs, and the Grand Marnier Cheesecake all stood out as the best ever, just as many other reviewers have stated. The chef came to our table before each course and explained how each dish was to be prepared and with what ingredients would be used. Our dinner was served with a delightful wine that accompanied each dish very well. In April of 2014, the owner decided to change his method of operation and offer a five course dinner rather than a menu driven option.
As amazing as the dishes are, there are many other aspects of the restaurant which when seen as a whole, make to create a dining experience like no other. When you arrive, each member of the party is greeted with warmth and enthusiasm. The tables are very unique. Each is cut from a single four inch thick piece of wood. The settings, along with two colored wine glasses with candles in them keep up the standard but the centerpiece of multi-colored roses picked from the garden, and masterfully arranged takes it over the top.
The walls of Eva's are adorned with beautiful and artistic photos printed on canvas and framed, which were taken by the owner who also took photos of us as we enjoyed our experience within our beautiful surroundings. Kent attached the photos of us to a thank you email he sent to me. I found this to be a very nice touch and a friendship mark. I will attempt to attach the photos to this review.
During our time at Eva's, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the harbor which fronts it. The arched brick interior of the restaurant, which is lighted by candles in sconces all around the room, gives a warm ambiance and projects a level of comfort far beyond what one would think a restaurant was capable of. There is one rule at Eva's, that is the guests are never hurried or rushed. We must have stayed and hour or more after we had finished dining, visiting and laughing with the owner. He shared some hysterical stories of his life experiences with us; it was like a comedy show in itself, and a really good one.
Here is the kicker. The manager, waiter, bartender, wine steward, bus boy, chef and his kitchen staff which prepares the five course dinner on the spot, and the entertaining owner as far fetched as it may seem, are all the same person...his name is Kent and if that wasn't enough amongst other hats he dawns, he is also the brick layer, the gardener and the cleaning lady.
Before we left, I made a reservation for Christmas Eve, 2016. I truly hope that Kent stays in business for a long time so many other lucky people may partake in his courtesy, friendliness, and above all, the excellent offerings he prepares with gusto and pleasure. Oh, and don't forget being able to visit with the playful Max.
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