September 28, 2009

In the Mood for Mexican

I'm just about always in the mood for Mexican food. Salsa? Pico de gallo? Margaritas? Si, si, y si. The ABF & I found ourselves super super DUPER hungry Sunday after our plans for the day went a little long, and it had been about 7 hours since our last meal. I chirped that I was in the mood for Mexican, and he was definitely game. It doesn't hurt that we knew we'd have chips & salsa on that table ASA-freakin-P. We weren't that far from a standby spot: Cozymel's (which I believe is a chain), so we hopped in the car and headed that way.

You know how sometimes you're really hungry and you're not in the mood to take a chance on a new spot? That was us last night. We've been to Cozymel's plenty, and ABF was going there long before he met me. It's now a semi-regular contender in our dining out schedule. We sat down and got a brimming bowl of their salsa, which is chock full of tomato flavor, a healthy heaping of garlic, and a generous portion of cilantro. It's NOT spicy, but that's okay. I wasn't too picky tonight. ;)

I wasn't driving, so I also ordered an Agave cocktail. It said it contained tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup (instead of the chemical-y sour mix). I thought it sounded like a nice alternative to my beloved margarita, but it was INCREDIBLY sweet. It tasted like sugar water--this needed a hefty helping of tart lime juice.

I ordered the roasted pork entree--a new dish for me. It comes with freshly made, fluffy tortillas on the side, but I didn't even bother with them. The pork was downright succulent, with a hefty punch of garlic, a tang of salt, and a delicious overall flavor. Even the rice, which I normally ignore, was scrum-diddly-umptious. The only meh part: the black beans, which were too hard, not cooked enough for my tastes. Still, the pork? YUM. It also came with a tomatillo sauce (loooove tomatillos!) that had a decent amount of heat.

ABF got the enchilada platter with 2 chicken enchiladas in a creamy poblano pepper sauce and one beef enchilada with ancho chile sauce. The chicken ones were okay (the sauce was SUPER yummy, though) but the beef was REALLY good, sauce and meat were both really delicious.

By meal's end, we were full but not overstuffed, and once again happy with our super-quick, super-tasty Mexican meal. Ole! Next time I'll have to try one of their frozen margaritas (I'm more of a rocks w/salt girl, but hey, in the interest of fair and balanced drinking, I'll do it)--they have quite a number of them on tap (or on swirl? On slush?)

Cozymel's Mexican Grill
1177 Corporate Drive
Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 222-7010

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