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Habanero's Mexican Cafe

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Habanero's Mexican Cafe

scrumptiouschef | Jun 4, 2007 12:31 PM

The drunk Mexican ladies at the next table cackle wildly as the waitress wends her way through the Friday[post happy hour crowd].On MPH's rec I'm preparing to feast at Habanero's Mexican Cafe on Oltorf.The table salsa is ok,it really reminds me of Rosita's but not quite there in terms of heat....heavy Cilantro content and completely pureed with no distinguishable ingredients.I ask for a Green salsa and my perpetually smiling server delivers one post haste...it's ok,not tomatillo based as one might imagine but pureed chiles,onions and yes, more cilantro.I figure on a pretty good wait as the joint is rocking so I order a queso which comes quickly and is good...reminiscent of Janitzio's in terms of appearance[smooth,yellow,thin]but not in the same realm as far as quality goes...good but not a heavy hitter.I've completely forgotten what MPH's faves are so I order a two taco[Carnitas and Barbacoa]platter figuring they'll hit at least one out of the park[I ask and am informed that the flour is homemade and the corn is brought in].The Carnitas are of the roasted variety and are good,slightly stringy but not bursting with fat[as is my preference]....dressed simply with lime and chopped white onion there are other versions in town I prefer.The Barbacoa,too,was good.It was slightly dry and not of the wet,fatty stripe which I love.The beans[refried pintos]had no measurable bacon-y flavor and were a bit dry.The Rice was a standard version[is there a drop dead plate of Mexican rice in this town?].I've eaten at Habanero's in the past and it was ok...it did not penetrate my consciousness to the point where I was compelled to return[during writing this piece I did a little research and discovered I should've ordered the beef fajita...dropped the ball old school speed limit....].Would I return?Yes,the service was great,fast and friendly,the food was good and the atmosphere was full-on party.Next visit I'll hone in on the Fajitas and see what all the fuss is about.

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