A couple of days ago, hubby and I made our way to Salsa's Bar and Grill at the corner of Palm and Herndon in that industrial park looking area. We had originally started out with sushi in mind and were headed to Sushi n Pop, where we had never been. Of course as soon as we rolled into the parking lot, we noticed that the restaurant was being torn up. There was a change of ownership sign posted and several workers busy tearing up the floor. Oh well, no Sushi n Pop today! I then did a 180 and decided that Mexican sounded good, but that we should try a new place. We pointed the car towards Salsa's.
We arrived close to 2pm and the place was almost empty. We noticed what seemed to be a good selection of tequilas. The restaurant was open and modern looking. The kitchen is on display, which is nice. Hubby had his heart set on a tostada, so he ordered a chile verde tostada (not one of those bowl shaped ones, which are just weird, but a flat, fried tortilla). I noticed that the speciality of the house was a handmade gordita with your choice of filling. I opted for the wood-fired chicken. Hubby and I made quick work of the salsa, which I thought lacked heat, so I asked for the hotter stuff. Well, they aren't kidding around! The hot stuff was HOT and I liked it!! It did have a weird texture, being more pasty than salsa(y). But I mixed it with the mild salsa and it was great. The chips I was not a fan of, they kinda tasted like cardboard.
Our huge plate of food was served and we dug right in. My gordita was delicious! The handmade gordita had great flavor and could hold the filling very well. I loved the wood-fired chicken! It was moist and had a little sour tang and tasted a little smoky. The veggies on my gordita had also been grilled and were carmelized, yum! I also had guacamole and sour cream along side some rice and beans. I could barely eat the guacamole and had to leave most of the rice and beans uneaten. I thought the beans were okay and the rice a bit unusual. It was kind of crunchy like fried rice, hubby thought it was good.
Hubby's tostada was huge! He enjoyed the chile verde and managed to eat most of the tostada. He did say that my chicken was better and hoped to be able to come back soon to try breakfast as well (which they serve all day). They have some interesting seafood options that I would love to try and it also looks as though they have some good appetizer options.
The service was good, almost too accomodating. Our server was quite anxious that we would be happy and we were. She also told me that the chicken was marinated in Negro Modelo(sp?) and some lime juice. So maybe I will have to try grilling some up.
There are two locations for Salsa's in Fresno:
Salsa's Bar and Grill
6729 N. Palm, Suite 102
North Point Shopping Center
(on Palm and Herndon)
Salsa's Mexican Grill
453 Pollasky in the Dewitt Building
Old Town Clovis