There is something great to be said for a restaurant when you walk in and are greeted by the owner, Mike (the tall guy with the black hat and the Bud in his hand) with a big, friendly, "Welcome home!" No sooner did we sit down and we were given cheese quesadillas and apple slices with cinnamon...on the house! We had read other reviews, and were expecting great things. Mike did not disappoint!
It was hard to decide what to order. I was torn between a chicken chimichana and the ribs that so many people before had said were so good. We ordered the chicken chimichanga, but also a small portion of the ribs to see how good they really were.
The chimichanga was good. Not great, but good. I am very particular about chimichangas. As Mike explained to us, he does what he can with what's available, and Ukrainians tend to be very sensitive to spicy food. No problem.
Oh, but the ribs! The ribs were OUTSTANDING! Likely the best I have ever had. I wished I had gotten the full order! The ribs alone are worth another trip to Lviv.
The only small, small disappointment I had was that we were in Lviv, and they don't serve Lvivske 1715 (my favorite Ukrainian beer). Instead, they serve Chernigivske (my least favorite Ukrainian beer). That's OK though, the ribs made up it.
Also, to add to points for a friendly atmosphere, the guy at the next table started talking to us, clearly a regular, was raving about the "American style" beef and cheese varenyki, and he offered me one from his order. They were fantastic. They tasted like mini-chimichangas (the GREAT kind).
Overall, this is the best restaurant that I have been to in Lviv, and among the best in all of Ukraine. It was great to have a truly authentic taste of American food in the heart of Ukraine. Considering the quality and quantity, it was surprisingly easy on the wallet too.
Mike is a great host, and we even bought a USA/Ukraine flag as a one-of-a-kind memento of our years in Ukraine. I will recommend Tex Mex BBQ to all our friends that travel to Lviv from Kyiv, and will likely try to get back after the new year.
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