For my birthday lunch this year, Dan took me to one of our favorite Tex-Mex restaurants, Mi Cocina. Â They have multiple locations around town, many of which we have been to many times. Â We each have our preferred items on their menu, but pretty much everything we’ve ever eaten there has been delicious. Â Sometimes as a restaurant expands with numerous locations, the quality suffers. Â Not so with Mi Cocina — all the restaurants where we have dined offer high quality, perfectly seasoned Tex-Mex dishes with fresh ingredients. Â As often as we eat there, we never get tired of it.Â
Cheers! Â Yup, it’s lunchtime during the middle of the week. Â Did I also mention it’s my birthday? Â We toasted with a lovely chardonnay for me and Mi Cocina’s homemade sangria for Dan. Â Now that I am over a certain milestone birthday (last year) and am officially “in” a certain decade of life, I find it a lot easier to ignore the number and simply celebrate the whole getting older thing. Â Wine at lunch also helps.
In our opinion, one of the best indicators of a great Tex-Mex restaurant is the quality of their guacamole. Â Mi Cocina’s is among the best — just the right avocado creamy-ness with a little spice from red onion and fresh flavor from cilantro. Â “Among the best” is not too shabby, considering that the Absolute Best Ever Guacamole title belongs to a little open-air restaurant at the top of a mountain in Taxco, Mexico that will probably never be beat.
I had the Crispy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes, which is my second-most ordered entree (first is “Gina’s” — a trio of chalupas that I adore.) Â The corn tortillas are filled with shredded chicken, then fried and topped with tangy verde sauce, sour cream, crumbled white cheese and chopped cilantro. Â So good!
Dan had the Chicken Fajitas “Sunset Style,” which involves grilled chicken fajita meat placed over Mi Cocina’s “Sunset Sauce” and topped with skinny onion rings. Â The Sunset Sauce makes this dish (and any other dish it accompanies) with its perfectly balanced cheesy yet spicy flavor. Â The best way to eat these fajitas is to load up a flour tortilla with a little guacamole and lots of the sauce, chicken and onions. Â Delicioso!
In addition to being able to enjoy a leisurely lunch with my Daniel, I am so lucky to have many, many wonderful family and friends to shower me with gifts and happy wishes on my special day — thanks everyone! Â However you celebrate your birthdays, I think those are the two key words — celebrate you.