Monday, March 24, 2014

La Bonita

2701 N. Killingsworth
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La Bonita is probably one of the oldest restaurants in what is now so well-known as the Alberta Arts District. They've been there since before Alberta was a place you'd want to venture for dinner. I remember walking there with the rest of the paint crew during the summer months when I was just a sophomore at Concordia. Their food has been delicious this entire time...but the neighborhood wasn't much back then. And it's so well-established now that it's hard to remember what it looked like at that time. It has grown so much. And so has La Bonita. They now have a second location--not too far away--at the corner of Killingsworth and Greeley.

My sister--who lives just a couple of blocks away--and I stopped in last Sunday afternoon. After seeing that they offered brunch items (including chilaquiles-yum!) I was surprised to see it so empty. Perhaps we had just missed the rush.

La Bonita doesn't offer happy hour--at either location--but do have plenty of small plates that are priced fairly low. We were off to a second location shortly after and opted to order just enough to get a taste (that has since made me want to go back for more). We ordered chips with guacamole and pico de gallo and an Horchata Borracha to share.

The horchata is my favorite beverage when ordering Mexican food. It's got great flavor AND helps to tone down anything that might be considered too spicy (for me, even if it's not for you). This one was the traditional cinnamon-y rice drink but with Bacardi. I'm not usually in the mood for rum-based cocktails, but I can't imagine anything else being in the mix.

The chips were fantastically fresh and worked perfectly as vessels for both the guac and the pico. I couldn't help but to add a little of both--plus some sour cream, now and then--to every bite I consumed. We both seemed to like the chips fully packed and left a number of them in the bowl upon leaving. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't as though there wasn't enough dip. The chips were great--and super crunchy--but served their purpose as the supporting role. The guacamole and pico de gallo were the real stars of the show.

It's good to know that there are now two locations. Stopping in for tacos or burritos or nachos or even just another Horchata Borracha will always be easier when I don't have to worry so much about parking or the hustle and bustle that is sometimes present on Alberta.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds


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