SO, with an Australian house guest, we are endeavoring to show her how great our local restaurants are, one at a time! In wishing to visit a local, Mexican Restaurant in New Rochelle, I came across The Tlaquepaque Restaurant located at 347 North Avenue. I had noticed a wonderful review in the Westchester Magazine, and that was enough for me!
The restaurant is intimate with a wonderful ambiance, the host (and owner) was so gracious and great, he made us feel immediately welcomed. I was enchanted by a Mexican station on the television, televising videos of Mexican singers which truly made you feel you were a part of their audience. It all added to the evening’s enjoyment.
We were served with home made chips and a nicely spiced salsa – those were soon gobbled up – so fresh and Delicious.
We first ordered calamari frito con mayonesa picante (fried calamari with a picante mayonnaise dipping sauce), and the guacamole and chips (avocado, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno pepper and lemon).. Both delicious.
There were five of us, and so different food choices ! I ordered one of the house specials – Salmon with a pistachio sauce, perfectly cooked vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots all with a slight crunch), and white rice. We also savored the Pollo Tlaquepaque (sauteed chicken breast with bell peppers, onion, peaches and a spicy tomato sauce served with white rice and beans) – the peaches were a great compliment to the spicy sauce.., Bistec Tampiquena (grilled steak topped with two cheese enchiladas served with refried beans), Chiles Rellenos (Mexican bell peppers stuffed with cheese in a vegetable broth or in a tomato cream sauce) , and a son ordered a steak dish with cactus which he said was delicious ( alas he didn’t share- it was gone too quickly!). There were a variety of desserts offered, but we were all too full. Next time!
Beer seemed to be the perfect accompaniment on a very hot day, but wines and margaritas of course are also served! The owner treated us all to a Tequila shot after our dinner! Oh my! A first for me.. I loved it.
Will we be returning to this New Rochelle restaurant? Si, si si!
Tlaquepaque – located at 347 North Avenue, New Rochelle, and my one complaint would be that there is no website! It took me 9 years to find this great restaurant . My loss but now gain!
New Rochelle is GREAT!