Friday, July 27, 2012

Las Pinatas

Location: 1552 N Wells
Cost: About $20 per person

There was a triple birthday party the other weekend for my friends Jessie, Saffy, and One Girl. Jessie planned out this great party at Angelo's Taverna in Old Town. They had this solid food and drink deal, and we basically took over the place. I'd recommend it for a large party if any of you are looking for a place.

Anyways, Mcnamara and Jitty wanted to grab dinner with Jeremy, Ricky, and I beforehand. They were in the mood for some Mexican food, and I remembered a place that my friend Scottie and his brother Aaron recommended when I first moved in. That's how the five of us ended up at Las Pinatas.

Las Pinatas is this long and narrow restaurant on Wells, right next door to Zanies. They've got plenty of seating and can accommodate large groups pretty well. We were sat right next to the bathroom, which I was a little bummed about, but they got us in without a reservation without waiting, so it was alright. I think it's a safe bet to make a reservation though. Parking is a pain in that part of town, so I suggest you cab it or take public transit.

Our waiter was quick and kept our drinks full. The menu is pretty standard tex-mex, and the costs are more than reasonable when you consider the cost of some of the spots nearby. Most excessively large plates run you between $10 and $15.

The Food
First thing to point out is the chips and salsa. They make their own chips, and it comes across strong. The salsa was funky. They had chunks of corn and cheese in it. Mostly though it was a nice alternative to the standard offering. We also got the ball rolling with a pitcher of the house margaritas. They were strong and well balanced.

 The House Margarita

For our meals, Jitty got the Nachos, Mcnamara and Ricky got the Enchiladas, Jeremy drank his calories, and I got the Chicken Mole. The nachos seemed real standard with decent ingredient coverage. The enchiladas were well constructed and were heavy on the meat which is a plus. The guys devoured them pretty quickly. The Chicken Mole came with a half chicken doused in this thick, rich, spicy, chocolatey mole. It was one of the better moles I've had recently. Each dish had some nice touches like homemade refried beans too. The texture is just way better than the kind you get from the can.

The Nachos

The Enchiladas

 The Chicken Mole

Las Pinatas is more than just serviceable Mexican food. It's not creative, but you can get classic dishes and strong drinks for a pretty good price. Go for anything with the mole. I'm giving them 3.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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