It’s always an exciting time to move back into college – except when you think about the actually process of moving in. The worst part of it for me is the drive up. My family and I like to visit my family in New Jersey before heading off to Lehigh, so every year we drive from Florida to New Jersey in one day. That’s right, I said one day. It’s a heck of a trek, but it seems to get a little easier each time. We make stops along the way for lunch and dinner, which helps. This year, we came across Mexico Restaurant on our hunt for a dinner location.
To be honest, we were questioning how good it would be because their name didn’t sound very enticing. But like the cliche goes, never judge a book by it’s cover. When we walked inside, the restaurant was beautifully decorated with vibrant colors – teal blues, luscious purples and hints of golden yellows in their decor. We were impressed and began having high hopes for the food.
Once seated, we were brought out the standard chips and salsa. Along with it came what I assume was queso, but was white and looked like sour cream. However, I don’t like sour cream and it didn’t taste quite like it. It had a very unique sweet, creamy and rich flavor that was to die for. Needless to say, we ate more chips and dip than we probably should have…oops.
I ordered the pollo yucatan, which was grilled and marinated chicken with red and green peppers, onions, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. It came served over a bed of Spanish rice with guacamole salad, sour cream and tortillas. After seeing the decor and trying the delectable dip, I was very excited for my food. I love food with lots of vegetables in it, and I can never say no to tortillas. This dish had everything I could have dreamed of, and it was quite good. I enjoyed it, but I think the flavor would have really been enhanced if there was some cheese on it. I would order it again, if I ever happened to be in the area for some reason, but it would need cheese.
For my mom’s order, she got the enchiladas suizas. The dish was the chef’s family recipe of three chicken enchiladas topped with cheese and a poblano sauce. It also came served with white rice. My mom also said it was good, but lacking a little flavor. I tried it and agreed, so she ended up adding the mysterious queso/sour cream and the salsa that came with our chips. She said it really helped to bring out the flavors.
The food was better than we initially expected, but didn’t meet our standards once we got our hopes up so high. Don’t get me wrong, it was quite yummy. It just needed a little bit of extra oomph though. The prices were reasonable, too. Our waiter wasn’t the best, and he seemed a bit confused and new to the job. I would give it a solid B+ or A-. If you happen to be in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area, try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
9825 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22407