Destination: Cancun NEW LOCATION
Target: Quesa-Birra Tacos
Scenario: Afternoon Lunch Date
My husband and I recently paid a visit to the new digs of Cancun Mexican Restaurant. If you haven't heard, they took over the corner space formerly occupied by Mexico Viejo at Bridgewater Plaza in January. I'm a long-time fan of the original Westlake spot, so I was both surprised and delighted to find my old favorites combined with some new additions to their offerings! I do love a good menu refresh.
One of those new additions happened to be Birra Tacos. Now let me backstory a bit with the fact that I'm part of the 1% of the world's population who doesn't really care for tacos. Complete and utter ambivalence. But, BUT, give me a Birra Taco with it's rich au jus, tender stewed meat, ooey-gooey cheese, crisped corn tortilla, and a sprinkling of sharp onions and fresh cilantro… sigh I instantly melt into a helpless puddle of gastronomic bliss. Birra tacos are a world unto themselves.
I'm speaking in generalities, but Cancun's rendition did not disappoint. In addition to the spectacular entree (I sure skipped to the main event right out of the gate there, didn't I?), let me rewind to chat about the amazing service we received from greeting to departure. In fact, it's been quite some time since I've experienced such excellence in service from an entire staff. They've compiled a great group of friendly folks to be the face of their expansion to the Bridge.
A small note, literally and figuratively, in regard to the ubiquitous chips and dip welcome one expects at a Cocina: I was pleasantly surprised at the portion size. The two of us are typically presented with a chip basket the size of a small ark! We barely make a dent in them (and let me tell you, we can eat us some chips and salsa) and consequently feel bad about the amount of inevitable waste. But this portion was well within the realm of moderation - same with the salsa and (delish) queso - and hey, if you run out, you can always ask for more!
Because we were still somewhat begrudgingly celebrating damp January at the time of our visit, I ordered a virgin margarita with cucumbers, and believe me when I say that it was positively bursting with that fresh party-in-your-mouth flavor you anticipate alongside your Mexican cuisine!
Hands down, a 5/5 Smithies* experience.
*Smithy: 1. Mythical creature that lurks beneath the waters of Smith Mountain Lake.
2. Rating system used around these here parts. Because why use stars when you can use Smithies?