You know the "every cloud has a silver lining" saying? Well, that's what happened to me this weekend.
Friday night James and I head off to the first beercan race of the sailing season. I love the beercan series. Low pressure, lots of fun, good weather...Well, we get to our sailboat (which is way out on the most exposed dock at AYC) and we walk up to find our DOUBLED mooring lines have busted from Thursday's storm and our dear Hedonist has been ripped top to bottom on the stern and she's got a gaping, ripped hole. Well, the Ensign fleet are the most wonderful people you'd ever want to meet and with their help we got Hedonist out of the water and an almost certain sinking if it had to stay in the water for Saturday's storm. We worked hard to secure her on land and by the time we were through, it was quarter to ten and all the burgers at the clubhouse were gone.
That's when the silver lining came in. There's the shabby little restaurant on the corner of Hudson Bend right where you turn off to go to the Austin Yacht Club. We've passed it more times than I can count. Its name is Los Pinos and even though they closed officially at 10 they welcomed us in without the slightest glare (I was a waitress and I would have shot me a glare). They even offered to make us a frest batch of ritas (I guess we looked pretty run through the ringer). Warm chips and some really wonderful, very garlicy salsa was served, one bowl for every two people.
Margaritas were STRONG but very good. There were ten of us and we all ordered different things, but everyone agreed the food was all wonderful (of course we tipped the chef an extra $20 before we even ordered, but can you blame us?). I ordered the fajitas and they were really flavorful and well prepared. Next time the conjita pibil.
It's now close to 11 and we're just about done with our meal and no one is rushing us and in the corner of the dining room I see a familiar face - holy smokes! It's the wife of the owner of Polvo's!!! I go over and say hi, and wonder of wonders, they've added on Los Pinos. Los Pinos has a lot of the same flavors as Polvo's but it's not the same dishes. I didn't see any enchiladas de la casa or Guajillo fajitas, but the conhita pibil is calling my name next visit.
All I can say is thank you-thank you-thank you for having this little gem right on the way to/from what is going to be a long hot summer of sanding/fiberglassing and looking longingly at the waters till we can get our Hedonist back where she belongs.