This chef of this restaurant is James Beard Award winning, and the restaurant appears on several "Best of" lists, including one of the best restaurants in the U.S., and it is deserved. Truly. Serving southwestern food, this is exactly what I would expect. We were immediately greeted and seated by a gentleman who, throughout our entire meal, was walking the entire restaurant. You could tell he was monitoring not only our meals, but also the service. This type of service gets you five stars and keeps you there. Keep it up!
We ordered the lemonade (homemade, delicious and refreshing), and started with the Signature Soup. I truly cannot find the words to give this soup justice. It was perfect, the hands down best soup I have ever had in my life. A combo of slightly salty bean soup with sweet creamed corn soup. The sweet and salty complement one another perfectly. Do not miss out on this soup.
Our meals were the crispy carnitas and tilapia with mango salsa and fingerling potatoes. The crispy carnitas had excellent flavor, the beans were really delicious, but the star of the plate was the sweet corn tamale. Wow...I could have just eaten this and the soup. I wanted to ask for more! Ask if you can get it on the side or sub one of your sides for it, because you should not miss it. The fish was good, mango salsa good. Fingerling potatoes had a rosy/fruity flavor which was good. Everything on that plate was clean tasting. Truly an outstanding meal.
Our server was attentive and very serious. We did not want for anything. I highly recommend this restaurant and am already trying to plan how we can go back. La Posada (the hotel) is definitely worth a look around. This was a stand out experience of all the restaurants I've ever been to. $55 included a 25% tip for our waitress, our 2 meals, and drinks. There are less expensive options on the menu if you are on a budget and it is definitely possible to have 5 star food for $20 for 2 people for lunch and portion sizes are large enough to share.
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