Let’s start by saying la comida era incredible! Las mejores Fajitas que he tenido…Or something like that. For those of you who didn’t take Spanish, I’ll sum it up for you. As for the rest of you, I am sure you understood.
While writing this review, I feel like I should be translating everything to Spanish. I am sure you could have figured by now, but this is about some good Mexican food, fajitas to be exact. My story starts off with a long day of work. I’ll spare you the details, but by the time the work day was over I didn’t feel like cooking. It was a Friday night and I was starving. This day, I had an urge to try something different from the usual Friday night meal. I wanted to go out for dinner with my wife, but I didn’t want something ordinary. I had the taste for something with a little flair. I needed some spark in my life.
I recalled Arlene telling me about a place called Santa Fe, located in the small tourist town of Tarrytown, New York. Tarrytown neighbors the famous Sleepy Hollow, for those of you who are a fan of the legend of the Headless Horseman. Anyway, I heard pretty good things about this place, but this was only word of mouth so I knew this place was on the list to be reviewed by a Food Dude.
We parked the car some distance away, because let’s face it, parking is a little hard to find in Tarrytown on a weekend. We knew our destination and made our way. We arrived at Santa Fe a little after 8 p.m. and were greeted as we entered. Within a few seconds, we were seated and handed our menus. This is always a good sign of an efficient staff. Arlene is a huge fan of sangrias, so I knew an order of a half a pitcher would be adequate.
Our waiter poured our drinks, and we were swept away by the taste of this fruity concoction. I sipped my sangrias and admired the decor about the walls. It fit the place quite well as it reminded me of my experience when I visited the southwest. As an appetizer, we got to chow down on fresh crispy tortilla chips and amazing salsa and some kind of corn dip. (I should have asked what it was).
I flipped through my menu, but the fajitas jumped out at me. Not just because they were the popular item, but because they were described in such a way that made my mouth water. Besides, who could resist a meal that comes out on a scolding hot cast iron skillet?
Arlene and I sipped our sangrias and conversed, but before we knew it, our skillets of pure deliciousness was presented to us. As the skillet of steak was placed in front of me, I sniffed in the beautiful aroma. There before me was my sliced beef, peppers, onions, and re-fried beans, rice and guacamole. I have to make this clear that this was the best guacamole that I had ever tasted. It was fresh, creamy, and had just the right amount of spice. The steak was cooked to perfection, as well as it was tender. The peppers and onions had the right amount of char to them, just around the edges.
|Rice and re-friend beans|
|Sour cream, guacamole, and a mild salsa|
The wraps came out hot and fresh, and once they were placed in front of me, I made my first concoction. It was heavenly. I have had Mexican before, and this was definitely in my top three. And here is the funny part, I had Mexican in the southwest before. Translation: this stuff was pretty authentic.
|My first invention: steak, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, chopped onions and peppers.|
|Chicken with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and chopped veggies.|
Arlene ordered the fajitas as well, but she ordered chicken. I sampled her chicken, and this was tasty as well. In my many fajita creations, I made one with steak and chicken, and was still satisfied.
Santa Fe is small, but the food is amazing and deserves a lot of credit. I am not sure where else you can find a good Mexican restaurant that is as authentic as this. And If you don’t get the sangria, you are muy loco!
Santa Fe Restaurant
5 N Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591
5 N Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591