Well – we had all the best intentions of making dinner at home, particularly since both of us have put on a few pounds in December and with the holidays and the cross-country drive – there was a lot of eating out. But, after a day of building furniture, and the apartment still largely unpacked and in disarray – we were too tired to cook and work around all of the unfinished items. So – we headed out to eat. This time, we decided to try a New Mexican restaurant that is very close to our apartment – El Patron on Montgomery Blvd NE.
We were eating on the early side – because we really hadn’t had lunch – so when we entered, it was easy to get a table. The decor and atmosphere was nice, with a colorful and festive Mexican feel but somewhat understated, so it felt quieter and more relaxing.
Our server, William, was fantastic throughout the evening – very friendly and attentive. I was gulping down water (still adjusting to altitude) – so I kept him hopping refilling my water glass. The chips were light and crispy – very thin. The salsa was nice and chunky, the way I like it, with a bit of a kick. The only drawback was that the thin chips couldn’t hold the mounds of salsa that I was trying to put on them!
For a starter – we shared a green chile stew. El Patron makes their’s with pork – so there were small chunks of pork, tomato, and potato amidst a zesty broth. It was delicious – I could definitely eat just that for a meal! I have never had green chile stew before, so I can’t compare it to others – but I thought it was fabulous.
For main dishes – I ordered the Salmon a la Mexicana. It came with an avocado salsa on top and was served over calabacitas. Another home run. The salmon was wonderfully seasoned – very tasty – and the salsa and calabacitas were a great match. A definite winner that I would love to order again someday.
Derek decided to order the Carne Adovado Enchilada. He also really enjoyed this – a huge portion and the pork was tender and well-marinated, with a bit of a spicy red sauce. Topped off with green chile and cheese – what could be better?
All in all – we had a top notch meal at El Patron. We would definitely return and recommend it to others. We’ve enjoyed dining at El Pinto in our past visits and really liked that. On this trip – we found El Patron’s salsa and overall food flavor to be superior to El Pinto; Derek thought the margarita didn’t quite measure up to El Pinto’s though.
Oh yes – of course, at the end of the meal, they brought us two sopapillas. These seemed less greasy than others I’ve seen. Poured a little honey into them…hot, warm, delectable pillows of heaven – what could be better?