Monday, July 25, 2011

Blue Agave

Location: 1 W. Maple St.
Cost: About $25 per person with drinks

Third year at Northwestern (and I'm sure at many other med schools) starts off with another white coat ceremony. The big deal this time is that we get our names stitched right above the chest pocket. Anyways, my parents came to root me on as well as partake in the standard serving of free cheese and Swedish meatballs that follows seemingly every med school event. The ceremony was in the afternoon, and my parents wanted to hang out a bit. It was beautiful out, so we walked around the city a bit until we stumbled into the Viagra Triangle. We were looking for something pretty simple, and knowing that my parents like margaritas, I suggested the Blue Agave.

It was a Friday around happy hour which is the prime time for the Blue Agave. There were plenty of tables available when we got there, but a bit of a wait had developed by the time we left. It was a bit hot, but we had to sit outside to enjoy the fantastic people watching. Instead of harping on the crowds of absurd floozies that flooded this place, I'll just tell one story. So this table of girls plops down next to us and starts tearing apart the fundamental flaws that make the movie Friends with Benefits unrealistic. In the midst of ranking Ashton and JT, the queen bee drops a whole load of salsa on her brand new dress. The messages here are that you should keep your volume down so that embarrassing things aren't noticed by the whole restaurant and that you shouldn't dress like there's no tomorrow for a place with $10 entrees.

The service was fine except that the waitress didn't know how to pronounce any of the dishes (i.e. using the hard "L" sound in Chile Rellenos). The cost is pretty reasonable, especially for the Viagra Triangle. Margaritas might be around $9, and most entrees aren't much more.

The Food
We got things going with an order of Guacamole and some Margaritas. I wish the guac was chunkier, spicier, and that they didn't use a piece of lettuce to make the dish look more full. Also, the first batch of chips that came out was pretty stale, but they were quickly replaced. For the main course my dad got the Chile Rellenos, my mom had the Shrimp Ceviche, and I had the Tilapia Ceviche. The rellenos was just alright. The cheese came out a bit too solid, and the sauce was a bit bland. I liked how the chile itself was very hearty. The shrimp ceviche was much closer to a shrimp cocktail stew. Mostly it was over sauced. My ceviche was way too strong on the acid. I understand that it's an essential part of ceviche, but my fish was swimming in a mixture of onions and lime juice.

I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures with this one, but I can tell you that I finally got a phone with a good camera and hopefully won't be caught off guard again.

There are solid reasons for going to the Blue Agave. It's one of the cheapest places in the area, and the margaritas are strong. After that there's not much draw. This city is swimming in wonderful, authentic Mexican restaurants, and this isn't necessarily one of them. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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