On Friday, Hubs and I met a friend for lunch at Tere's Mexican Grill. We've read a few posts that have sounded appealing, so thanx to the hounds. Also, the gal who gives us our haircuts is the sister of the owner of Tere's. She's told us for months that we need to get ourselves there. Additionally, the friend whom we met for lunch goes there on a weekly basis, as she gives dance classes nearby.
Yesterday's lunch has definitely created 2 new fans of Tere's. Tere's tortilla chips ($1.00) have a flavor and texture that makes them the best I've had in ages. (I used to LOVE the ones at Gallegos, when we lived on the West side). These chips don't even need salsa, but since their salsas were so tasty, I would alternate between plain chips, and then ones dipped into a spicy (but not too much so)chipotle salsa.
This tiny and casual eat in/take out spot is noticeably one of the cleanest and cheeriest little eateries I've gone into, and you could sense the pride and care that goes into the way that each dish is prepared. I introduced myself to the owner Gloria, who could not have been any warmer. I hear that her husband Robert is also a sweet man.
I'll get to the food in a second, but I just wanted to share a little bit about the vibe of this place. Normally to eat in a tiny place wouldn't appeal to me, but there is an energy at Tere's that just makes you happy, and part of a family.
Our friend ordered a simple sounding chicken tostada, and it was deeelish. Crispy golden shell, with beans, rice, tender chicken and fresh lettice. Tere's beans are more "soup style", versus mashed, and they are really good.
Hubs and I shared our 2 plates, so we could have some variety. I ordered the chicken verdes enchiladas, and he ordered the chile relleno burrito. The burrito was very good, but we both agreed that the enchiladas were "off the charts" fabu. The verde sauce was so flavorful, and their white meat chicken was noticeably tender and tasty. It was served with those wonderful beans on the side, and rice too.
At a table next to us, we noticed a plate of ceviche topped with avocado that looked appealing, and it is on my list for next time.
What seemed so unusual to us was that for such a small little diner, that the menu ran a full gamut of standard Mexican fare, but also moles, ceviches, and other interesting sounding dishes.
Tere's is open 9 until 9, Monday through Saturday. I'm guessing that there are about 8 little tables inside, and I noticed that by the time we were into our lunch, that a line had formed through the restaurant and even out the rear door. They also have tables outside, on Melrose, so even if busy, it's not a hardhip to soon be sitting down and digging into your meal. After placing your order, they will give you a little placard with a number, and when the food is ready, it is brought to your table.
Our friend Denise said that if we enjoyed Tere's so much, that we should also try a place in our neck of the woods called Tony's, on Coldwater and Magnolia. So we're adding that to our "soon list", but Tere's is a spot we will return to many times.
If any hounds go to Tere's, ENJOY!!!