We were vacationing nearby and decided to head out for dinner. After searching online, we decided to try out La Iguana in Hamilton. It was a Friday night and the restaurant was very busy. We had roughly a 15 minute wait to be seated, and were luckily because those after us had to wait much longer. It was quite loud in there due to the restaurant being so busy, and the growing crowd of people "just standing around" (that's literally all you can do, I guess) waiting for tables. We were 3 people sitting at a table made for 2, and couldn't hear each other talk without raising or voices. The decor was fine. The place didn't seem dirty and the bathroom was clean (even with the crowd).
The wait staff was friendly, if not seemingly overwhelmed by the people. Our waitress took our order in a timely manner, but we didn't get our chips and salsa for about 20 minutes after being seated. That's about 18 minutes too long, especially when you have to wait a while for food and were waiting to be seated. Heck, we're hungry! And, when we asked for more, since we finished them before our appetizer came, they never came. The chips were average, and the salsa was pretty good.
We had "Yuca Fries" as our appetizer. They were pretty good, but seemed quite over salted. After rubbing some of the seasoning off, they were pretty good. I actually preferred them to regular fries. For our entrée, we all got burritos. My wife and daughter both got the chicken, and I got the Carne Asada, or "Funjito" as they call it). It's basically a fajita, wrapped in a tortilla. They were a decent size but not large enough that you should have any to take home, and all very good. I think we were all happy with our meals. The hanger steak was seasoned well, and the chicken wasn't dry. We realized that we each ordered what we usually get at Chipotle's, so the comparisons started. Although a little smaller than a Chipotle burrito, 2/3 of us liked the La Iguana ones better. They tasted more "homemade", which I assume they were since the sign outside said they were! We were full enough by the end of the meal, and didn't order any dessert.
Overall, very good food wise, the wait staff was friendly and the prices were very reasonable. My only dings are that it took too long to get any chips (and we never got more when we asked), they need a better way to handle a crowd of waiting people than just having them stand there… it just makes everything more loud.
If you're in the mood for some decent Mexican food in an unexpected place, I'd suggest giving it a try!
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