We went to Coyote Blue last Sunday afternoon for lunch. It’s about our fourth recent visit over the past few months. I’ve been many times over the years. Though I generally prefer Mexican to Tex-Mex, Coyote Blue is a fun hometown place and I have always enjoyed their drinks! Their chili enchiladas are very satisfying and something I order frequently, but not this time.
Some key info up front: They don’t take reservations and you can’t order food in the bar. You can have a drink and some chips and salsa and wait. Since this place is very close to home for us, if it’s a long wait, we just head back into town and figure out another option. But as the place is fairly small, it’s easy to see how it can fill up quickly—even in the middle of the week. We’ve had to walk away on a Wednesday before on two occasions, just so ya know.
For our last two visits, I had a Barbados Rum Swizzle—“Goslings Black Seal rum, Mount Gay Eclipse rum, apricot brandy, falernum, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice and nutmeg.” Their menu says, “This packs a punch!” Yes, indeed, and a very delicious one, I might add! My designated driver had the house margarita. My favorite margarita is their blue margarita—served, as all of them are—in a Mason jar with a handle.
Meals (or drinks) always begin with housemade chips and salsa. Though their salsa is not my favorite, I still manage to eat enough of it despite this fact. It’s not that it doesn’t have spiciness to it—it does—but there’s no cilantro or anything identifiably green in it. Corn is a component of it, too.
For lunch, we had two appetizers from their specials menu and shared them as meals: a mushroom & chile quesadilla (Portobello mushrooms sautéed with garlic in a flour tortilla with mild green chiles and Gruyere) and Tucson-style crab cakes, served over garden greens and drizzled with wasabi sauce. The crab cakes were very tasty and appeared to be made in-house. Nice job! I’m fairly sure a version of the mushroom quesadilla is always available.
If you don’t mind a bit of a wait on a busy night and have a craving for Tex-Mex with a tasty beverage, I don’t think this place will let you down. If you’re not into waiting, you might try stopping in on Sunday afternoon. I think it tends to be slower then.
Photos as follows:
- Coyote Blue sign
- Coyote Blue's dining room
- Coyote Blue's bar
- our tasty adult beverages!
Coyote Blue Tex Mex Cafe
1960 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, CT 06457