San Antonio is a place full of Mexican food, but most of it is of the Tex-Mex variety. Where would you go to get some of the authentic stuff? Look no further than Guajillo’s on 410 and Blanco (in fact, I would suggest that you open their website while you read this review to get you in the mood; you’ll know what I am talking about when you open it), where you can get some fare that could be found on the streets of Mexico City.
The salsa that came with the chips lit me up; the waiter said that it was made with the namesake of the restaurant, the Guajillo chili. I don’t know if I have ever had that type of chili before, but the salsa had an orange looking tint to it and was incredibly spicy. In fact, I actually had to leave the table to grab a Kleenex because it had cleared my sinuses right out. Then again, the spice could also have come from the michelada that I was drinking…
The waiters were very friendly, but when I asked them some of their suggestions from the menu, I got the “everything here is good” response. That response kind of irks me, I mean, a waiter should have a preference on what they really like at their particular restaurant. At least that is my opinion.
Since everything on the menu was good, I was going to rely on my own preferences. I decided on ordering the Tinga de Pollo which was shredded chicken stewed with onion and chipotle peppers. The dish had a kind of red tint to it and had a very rich taste to it (that was also pretty spicy too!). It almost tasted like a stewed chicken, except it was served on the plate.
Overall, I would say that the food was pretty good, the service pretty good, and the atmosphere pretty good, but for whatever reason, I didn’t really think of the place as being all that memorable. It’s weird, but I can’t think of much more to write than that.
Value: 7.5/10 (about $10 for a dinner plate)
Service: 7.5/10 (it wasn’t bad, but I got the “everything is good here” response)
Salsa: 9.5/10 (really good salsa with a color and a firey taste that I haven’t seen in San Antone)
Taste: 7.5/10 (good with a spicy flavor)
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