We are a multi-generational family of three couples – our parents, my sister and husband, and ourselves. Each individual has his or her own preferences in dining. My parents are a more traditional meat-and-potatoes style, but Mom often likes healthy options as well. My sister and brother-in-law are similar to us, more experimental and willing to try new and unusual cuisine.
We were a little apprehensive about suggesting Nuestra Mesa for our weekly family dinner outing. Our parents idea of Mexican food leans more towards Americanized dishes where size matters – “big is better”. My husband and I had been to Nuestra Mesa several times and appreciated that they emphasized handmade fresh ingredients, and rich, unique flavors over portion size. We hoped the food would appeal to everyone.
We arrived on a Friday night and, although busy, were promptly seated and greeted by a friendly waiter. He was polite and helpful without that over-the-top enthusiasm you sometimes get at chain restaurants. He explained the menu items, made some recommendations, then promptly delivered our drink orders. Their margaritas are impressive – maybe the best in town!
We were surprised when our Dad ordered the Queso Fundido, an appetizer of melted cheese, black beans, salsa rojoa, & cilantro. He opted for the warm corn tortillas. With a bowl of corn chowder with roasted green chiles, he had a full meal. Even more surprising, mother liked it, too. Pretty soon we all had a taste and it was definitely the favorite at the table – especially the cheesy crust that formed on the bottom of the cast iron pan. Each of us had very satisfying and flavorful entrees: enchiladas, quesadillas, and a fine assortment of tacos. But we all agreed the Queso Fundido was the hit dish- we would order more next time, so we can all share, and let poor Dad have more.
The best part of the evening was that everyone commented on how satisfying the meal was without having huge portions. The verdict fresh flavorful dishes beat our portion size any day, especially the unique hand-crafted flavors at Nuestra Mesa.