The restaurant was wonderful! I think it will become a "go to" place for me. It's not Tex-Mex - it was much lighter and fresher-tasting. I was truly pleased with my ability to navigate a Mexican restaurant menu, have a wonderful meal and still eat sensibly. Again, I used coffee as a shield against chips and hot sauce. I ordered it immediately upon being seated and somehow it made me nearly immune to the siren call of the salty, fried tortilla. I did have a few chips between courses, but I did not eat the whole basket before even starting my meal.
The special soft-opening menu was a four course meal. I opted for ceviche as my appetizer. I want to like ceviche, I really do. I continue to order it and I continue to be disappointed. Until last night. Last night, the ceviche was exactly how I thought it should be. Fresh, clean, spicy and not so acidic as to be inedible. It was wonderful. And a really light start to the meal. I opted out of the soup/salad course and went straight to the main course.
For my entree, I chose the seafood poblano. It's not on the menu listed above, as that is for the cafe in Dallas. This restaurant has a slightly more upmarket menu, I think. The seafood poblano is a seafood mixture - shrimp, scallops and red fish (I think) seasoned with herbs and stuffed into a baked poblano pepper. The pepper is plated on rice (which I did not eat) and surrounded by a spicy, slightly creamy red sauce. The dish did not have a any cheese nor was it overloaded with heavy cream sauce. It was flavorful and wonderful and light.
It was so light that I opted for dessert - tres leches cake, of which I ate about 1/3. It was absolutely divine. It was all wonderful and FREE! The staff sure got a trial by fire, as the place filled up pretty quickly. I tipped well and left feeling very, very satisfied, but not stuffed.
I've had several restaurant meals in the past few days and I feel very good about my choices. I had dessert at two meals - either leaving a goodly portion of it, or sharing with five other diners as I did with Sunday's bread pudding.
I came home from dinner and had an Aleve chaser. My TNT (tighten and tone) class on Monday was a killer and Tuesday's spin class was lung burner. I'm sore right now and have another TNT class on tap for Wednesday - which may be another ice day (yes, I'm writing this on Tuesday night, which may explain why the tenses might be askew). I will know on Wednesday morning if I got hit with a sodium bump and an ice day, both of which are possible, if not probable.
If I get another ice day, then I will try to venture over to the gym for some treadmill/elliptical and some cable tv. This time my fridge is much better stocked, so no more olives and frozen fish. I'll have proper food this time. I have, however, given up cream in my home coffee due to the great ice storm of eleven. Turns out, I don't even miss it that much. Oh, and I am enjoying drinking my Sleepytime tea as my nightcap, as recommended by commenters. It just puts a nice bookend on the day.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Order the fish. Just for the halibut.