Qué, qué? Al pastor? Sí!
On one of my monthly visits to Ridgefield, HamletHub founder, Kerry Anne Ducey treated me to lunch at a small café that serves food in the style of New Mexico. Southwest Café, you absolutely deserve a shout-out!
I wasn’t sure what to expect and I’m always skeptical of anything southwest or Mexican but Southwest Café uses fresh ingredients and easily the most important of those ingredients are different varieties of fresh chilies. Owner Barbara Nevins, who came over to chat with us at lunch, even received a shipment of fresh chili peppers while we were there.
The menu, obviously using those precious chilies, showcases everything from quesadillas, tacos and fajitas to New Mexican favorites like flautas, chalupas, enchiladas and healthy seafood and steak entrées. And don’t forget to munch on the tortilla chips with salsa and homemade guac!
When I visited, I drove myself crazy over which menu special I wanted; chili with brisket, ground beef, and pork or one of my all-time favorites, tacos al pastor. I went with the tacos but Barbara was nice enough to bring out a cup of chili for me. Man, was I ever glad she did. The mixture of meats in the chili added a nice variety of flavor and overall it had a nice kick without being overwhelmingly spicy. The shredded cheddar, dollop of sour cream and fresh salsa on top was a nice touch also.
The tacos? Where should I start? Completely awesome. Tender chunks of pork, sweetness from the pineapple, and some spice from the fresh green chile sauce really made the dish for me. Sweet, spicy, salty all combined for the perfect tacos al pastor.
Unfortunately for me, it has been a while since my trip to Southwest Café, but fortunately because I only had specials, I’ll need to make it back for the regular menu. Even though it’s not close by and I don’t get to Ridgefield as much as I’d like, Southwest Café is worth the trip even if gas is nearly $4/gallon.
109 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877