After hitting the farmer's market in Alhambra on Sunday morning, my friend and I stumbled upon Fronteras Mexican Grill on Main Street for lunch. It was almost noon, and I believe they had just opened, so it was pretty empty when we walked in.
The place is very nicely decorated; lots of blown glass lighting, comfortable and colorful booth chairs and a cool looking bar. We sat down and were immediately given some warm chips and two bowls of delicious salsa (we each got our own salsa bowl - nice touch!). I ordered the chicken mole, and my friend got the chicken enchilada.
The entrees came with a small bowl of menudo, which was a surprise. It seems people either love or hate menudo, so it's somewhat bold for a restaurant to serve this as their entree accompaniment. My friend didn't touch hers but I tried mine, and it was very good.
My chicken mole was exactly how mole should be: rich, dark, complex in flavor but not too sweet. Most mole I've had at restaurants are way too heavy on the cinnamon; this one was very well balanced. The chicken was pounded nice and thin and served with rice and beans (two styles; whole or refried) and both corn and flour tortillas. I liked the portion size as well - not overly huge, but plenty of food for one person. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her enchilada and said it was one of the best she's had.
I'm just sorry I didn't have my camera with me, because the food looked as great as it tasted. The waiter told me that the restaurant has live mariachi bands on Thursday and Friday nights, so I will definitely be checking that out in the future.
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