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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nada: Nothing I didn't like

I went to Nada today to get lunch and also to scope it out for an upcoming video version of Polly's recent written review. So, here's my own review. My friend and I started out with tortilla chips and ancho chile salsa ($2) and both found the chips to be a bit on the greasy side, but the superb, super-fresh-tasting salsa took care of that problem. I ordered the vegetarian tacos (two of them, with woodland mushrooms, black bean puree, pico, guacamole and chihuahua cheese in flour tortillas) with a side of cabo salad (mixed greens, tomato, tomatillo, goat cheese, almonds and agave nectar vinaigrette) for $12. I was kind of annoyed because the online lunch menu led me to believe that three veggie tacos were $9 and that a side was optional, but on the current lunch menu at the actual restaurant all the tacos are $12 and include your choice of a side. Twelve bucks is about twice what I usually spend on lunch (on the day or two a week that I typically eat out) but I felt like it was worth it, even if I can't afford to go there that often. Everything was very fresh and flavorful and not too heavy so it didn't leave me feeling overstuffed, as Mexican food often does.

My friend raved about her mahi mahi tacos, but her side of Mexican mac 'n' cheese, with jalapeno and roasted poblano, stole the show (which I can say after stealing a couple of bites for myself). It was to die for. Next time I think I'll just order that and a salad. Or maybe just a double order of mac 'n' cheese.

Beyond the food, our server (didn't catch his name) was very friendly and had just the right amount of attentiveness, and the red and yellow interior was warm and cheery on a dreary day. I can't wait until it warms up and I can sip a margarita on the patio and people-watch. Leave your own review in the comments and/or here, if you haven't already.



at 4:55 PM Anonymous Unidentified Friend said...

I, the unidentified friend, fell in love with their Mexican Macaroni and Cheese. It was delicious, and enough of a meal on its own. The mahi mahi tacos were also fantastic with the guacamole and the pico de gallo, and it should be mentioned that the mahi mahi was lightly breaded and fried, which I wasn't expecting. Pricey but worth it!

at 4:58 PM Blogger Kate The Great said...

Thanks for the 4-1-1. I have a dinner date there tomorrow night and have been hemming and hawing about what I'm going to order. I know I want to try the guac that's made at the table. I'm curious to see whether Nada lives up to all the hype I've heard.

at 5:07 PM Blogger Rachel said...

I've heard nothing but great things from others about Nada, and now after your review, I'm tempted to try it for myself. The veggie tacos sound delish!

at 8:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The food was fine, but I just can't get over paying that much money for Mexican food....

at 9:23 PM Blogger Mark Mascolino said...

They must have not changed the online menu for lunch. The online version was how they originally were setup for lunch but it changed.

at 9:54 AM Blogger Stepf said...

Oh, it's worth it. I had the mahi mahi tacos a few weeks back. My friends went a while later and shared three tacos: mahi mahi, pork and beef. Last night (at another great restaurant) we couldn't stop raving about Nada and the mahi mahi.
And the mac-n-cheese. Wow! Four of us split one pot. A few bites were enough to satisfy. It was that good and that rich!
Good luck with the date, Kate. Report back about the guac!

at 1:58 PM Anonymous vudutu said...

Yes it is expensive but trying to find decent traditional Mex in this town is difficult if not impossible so you have to go Nuevo Mex. As some one said it is as close to Frontera Grill and Topolobampo as your going to get here. We made the mistake of trying Montoyas last week in desperation, big mistake.

For those of you heading out don't forget there was a pretty good rundown in January.


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