Nela Holmes, who blogs at Beloved Star, and I have been friends for the past six years. Occasionally we meet up to chat and review a restaurant. Recently, when I asked her out, she recommended the Plaza Veracruz in Hampton, Iowa as a great place for some authentic Mexican food!
When we arrived shortly before 5:00, we were apparently the first customers to show up for dinner. A lady showed my grandma (Yai) and I to a table, and brought us menus, water, chips, and salsa. Nela soon joined us.
After spending a few minutes reading the menu, which was filled with delicious-sounding dishes, I decided to go with a chicken enchilada ranchera ($7.95). Yai also opted for chicken enchiladas and hot tea, and Nela chose a dish that included seafood and tortillas.
The Mexican lady taking our order spoke very little English, which gave me a chance to practice my Spanish skills--which are in dire need of practice! My Spanish sounds so bad: I am usually too embarrassed to speak it. So I was grateful for the chance to try a few words, and also grateful for the lady's patience with my grammar! We knew we were in for a real, authentic Mexican dinner!
And we were not disappointed. My enchiladas were delicious. They were a little spicier than I'm used too (I'm not very adventurous); but I liked them. They were also very filling, and it was a challenge to finish off my plate. Nela described her meal as very flavorful, and Yai thought her enchiladas were good.
The back room of the Plaza Veracruz is a bar (which I thought unusual for a self-styled "family restaurant"), but no one was there. As diners began to fill the booths beside us for dinner, the restaurant maintained a pleasant, family-friendly aura.
I enjoyed chatting with Nela and Yai, and I was very satisfied with my visit to Plaza Veracruz. Thanks, Nela, for recommending it! Be sure to check out Nela's blog, Beloved Star, for photos from her trip to Peru!
Do you like Mexican food? What is your favorite cuisine?