I had eaten at Lopez a couple of times back in the 90's. It was located next to its current spot in the middle of a "vintage" strip center. Their old spot is now occupied by Hickory Barn BBQ and since I've never heard anything about it at all, we'll just leave it at that.
I remembered it being good but unremarkable. Good table salsa as I recalled.
Anyway, my mom called and asked if I wanted to go with her and her friend to meet an ex-neighbor and her daughter on Saturday afternoon. Since I recently heard some rumblings about it being the best in town, I thought it was something I should see for myself. I even managed to drag OtherBrotherDarrell into it.
Arrived about 1:15 and needing a table for six, we found a short wait. (Maybe two minutes). First thing I noticed was the terrific table salsa. Very fresh tasting. I ate about a basket of chips myself because I couldn't get enough of that salsa.
I asked for a taste of the carne guisada as it's one of my favorite dishes. Our waiter happily brought me enough for a decent taco, so I shared with anyone who wanted a taste. It was good, (but not as good as mine!).
OtherBrotherDarrell wound up ordering a carne guisada burrito.
I ordered an old standby and test dish for a Tex-Mex place, cheese enchiladas and a beef taco with rice and beans. I just love crispy ground beef tacos, and Lopez makes a good one. The ground beef was relatively unseasoned but overall, very tasty. The cheese enchis were classic Tex-Mex, gooey tubes of deliciouness, (and since they were mine), with extra onions.
On advice of one of the "girls", I subbed the charro beans for the refritos. They were good also.
Good place. I look forward to going back and getting deeper into the menu.
I KNOW some of you guys go there. What should I try next? Rellenos?
Fajitas? How about the carnitas, (another of my favorite foods)?