Habanero Mexican Grill

So I have to confess that Habanero is one of my favorite lunch spots. It’s one of the few (non-chain) restaurants in town that has a steady line at lunchtime. They boast that they don’t own a can opener and everything is made fresh. I’ve found this to be true and have enjoyed many a meal there.

Most recently I ordered the steak tacos. Service is always goods and friendly as they are takeout style. The food is made to order and you get to pick from plentiful options such as four different types of salsa, several protein options and then the usual taco or burrito toppings. The tacos didn’t disappoint. The steak was tender (only a few pieces were cut a little big), the toppings fresh and the flavors were as satisfying as I expected.

My only complaint was that they were about out of sweet tea when I went through the line. They had refilled though by the time I was done so it wasn’t a big deal since I could get a refill to go.

Still one if my favorite places for lunch and they get four stars (out of five). Yum!

Ryan’s Rating: Ryan gives Habanero a rating of The Twilight Series. Almost everyone loves it, except me, because it makes me physically sick to my stomach. Disclaimer: anything even a little spicy, or sparkly vampires, makes me sick to my stomach, so it is no fault of Habanero’s. There’s just no excuse for Stephanie Meyer, though.

Restaurant Review: Casa Visone

Recently Ryan and I went to Casa Visone for dinner. I love the atmosphere of Casa Visone! It’s quaint and intimate which is what you miss when you go to a big Italian restaurant like Olive Garden. The owner and the chef spoke personally with us. They were very personable and concerned with whether we were enjoying ourselves. While we were there, there was a couple dining with a little boy. The owner was really welcoming to the family and very sweet to the little boy.

After a little wait we were given bread with fresh ground pepper to go with the infused olive oil that was on the table. The bread and olive oil were what you would expect. I ordered the Ravioli con Pucini which translates to cheese ravioli with mushrooms in a sherry cream sauce. The sauce was delightfully rich, and the ravioli was a nice size and given generously. It could have benefitted from a little more salt and being a bit warmer, but I still enjoyed every bite.

For me, the real star of the evening was dessert. The owner listed the desserts and had me as soon as she said ganache. I love ganache! It was everything ganache should be–rich, dark and balanced with homemade whipped cream.

Overall, I enjoyed the meal. The on-street parking wasn’t an issue which was nice since it was literally about 10 degrees outside. Improvements would be a little more attention to drink refills and the food being warmer. Highlights were the sherry cream sauce and the ganache. Overall, I give it 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) and definitely look forward to trying other items on their menu.

Ryan’s Rating: I’m a thirsty guy. If I have to wait for a refill, I’m unhappy. So this rating is a glass mostly empty. Through the [Empty] Looking Glass? I’d be more clever if I wasn’t still thirsty.