After my day in Chapel Hill, I headed back towards Knightdale to meet up with my friends and have dinner. They chose a local place, to give me a taste of what their weeks are like and what it’s like being, you know, normal… something I’ve never been.
As we sat down, a basket of house made tortilla chips arrived with small dishes and a miniature carafe of salsa. Love having our own individual dishes – I suppose so if we wanted to add hot sauce, we could, or if we were sick, we could still dip with abandon. Love.
I got really excited when I noticed horchata on the menu, under the drinks section. I love horchata – and after quickly checking to make sure there was no coconut in it – I ordered it. The waiter seemed surprised. Regardless, even better? The drink was no more than $3 (might have been $2) and it was refilled every time I drank half or more. Crazytown! That would never happen in NYC. I don’t think anyone else orders that down there…
For a few dollars ($3-4?) we ordered a cheese dip and happily dipped the chips in this. Oh my gosh, this is the liquid cheese I strive to make. Creamy, tangy but not too sharp, just perfection. Smooth… lovely… wonderful. I wanted to drink this. I am not even entirely sure what kind of cheese that was…
My dish came with an ‘avocado salad’ – basically lettuce, tomatoes, some shredded cheeses, and a scoop of guacamole. I ate this happily because I love avocados, and it tasted pretty good.
As for my dish – apparently one of the most expensive items at $10! – the steak ranchero, described as “grilled rib eye steak topped with sauteed vegetables, served with rice, beans, tortillas” – I saw this land in front of me and thought okay, that makes sense.
I thought there was just a small piece of steak, which would have been fine given the price, but…
I pushed aside the veggies to reveal an entire flat piece of steak! Whoa. There was no way I was going to finish that.
Though I wasn’t asked how I wanted the steak to be cooked, it was just that shade of medium (closer to well) where it retained its tenderness, thankfully. It was very flavorful, and I had no problems eating what I could… and then packing up a lot of it to go (that was a LOT of food!). It also came with tortillas but I’m not inclined towards tortillas much so I didn’t eat those… but they made a great burrito/taco the next night!
Yvo says: Yum! Unlimited horchata for the price of a soda, reasonably priced apps and entrees… I would love a local Mexican place like this to open near me! (And this place was run by actual Hispanic people; I don’t know if they were Mexican for sure, but they were definitely Hispanic.) Who knew I’d fall in love with a Mexican restaurant in a suburb of Raleigh? (Not me… I’m so NYC-centric.)