A bit random, but.... my partner was feeling rather sad today because of Leonard Nimoy's death. "Star Trek" was one of his favorite shows, and he loved it as a child back when it was not yet subversively cool to do so. He's taking Nimoy's death kind of hard and is surprised that other people are, as well (apparently having been unaware that Nimoy had become a cultural icon a few decades ago....).
I asked him where he would like to eat tonight, letting him choose b/c I assumed he'd be sad. For whatever reason, he wanted Mexican. And he wanted it to be close by. And he wanted a sit-down restaurant. I thought that Americanized-Mexican would hit the spot and recall driving past Don Antonio's few weeks/months ago. We had never been there to eat, and, for some reason, I thought it might be a good choice tonight.
I looked up some reviews b/c, well, I'm risk-averse that way. And I found this old-ish thread:
I skimmed it quickly, and I noticed that Servorg had commented on Don Antonio's (along with other posters). I'm relatively new to Chowhound, but I had lurked for quite awhile b/f ever posting. I remember always (well, perhaps almost always) enjoying Servorg's posts, and I thought to myself tonight, "Well, if Servorg liked it, I'm sure we'll like it, too." Can't say why I felt that way since I had never met the guy.
So off we went. And it was JUST what we were looking for. A charming time warp and wonderfully off-kilter (we sat in the cave room that has an interior roof [w/ flowers on top!] and the mirrors that make the cave seem a bit more airy than it would otherwise). I loved watching the smoke trails left by the sizzling fajita plates (reminded me of my childhood) and the groups of young and crusty old enjoying their food and drink.
The food was much better than I had anticipated it would be (I'm looking at you, Casa Escobar). My birria was very good (wonderfully tender, and [many] squirts of lemon added a nice brightness to cut through the meat), and my partner's burrito was fine.
Most importantly, though, my partner thought it was a perfect place to eat, given how he was feeling. Not cutting-edge by any means, but sometimes that's not what you need in your food.
I couldn't help but think how a random person whom I've never met helped me to set my partner's mind at ease for an hour or so. I miss the people who used to post here, and I hope they stop by the board on occasion so that they can know that their efforts were and still are very much appreciated.