After a long day, all I wanted was mediocre Mexican food on a patio. Katy is not an area I frequent, so I had low expectations. The restaurant is set a block off the main road, and I drove past it once before finally finding it. Boy did El Jarrito blow my flip flops off!
I don't normally go out to eat alone, so I was a bit out of my comfort zone. The restaurant is very big, and it was a week night, so it wasn't very busy. The hostess proudly showed me around and introduced me to the men who would soon begin playing live music. I smiled politely (as I inwardly cringed-imagining, "La Bomba" being played fast and loud over and over....) We walked past a huge play area for kids, with lots of sand and groovy toys.
There hostess graciously allowed me to pick my table. The patio is beautiful, and I included a picture because there's no way words can do it justice.
My friendly waiter promptly arrived and took my drink order, and beautiful, lilting music began to play. I felt like I had been transported back to a 5-star resort on the Mexican Rivera. I skeptically and impatiently awaited the chips and salsa, which is the quintessential way to judge a Mexican restaurant. The chips and salsa scored a 10/10 with me, and luckily my entrée arrived quickly (pictured below) or I would have inhaled basket after basket of those things, dipped in the Tex-Mex nectar of the gods.
I didn't think any one place could have it all-especially at such reasonable prices... All the food was fantastic! My only regret was that I didn't have room for dessert. The food was so delicious, and there was such a nice atmosphere, that my (formerly) anxious-self sat there for two hours.