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Trip Report, Stop 4: Mucho Gusto / Tempe, AZ


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Trip Report, Stop 4: Mucho Gusto / Tempe, AZ

Tha Groovin' Gourmet | May 25, 2006 01:38 PM

On Thursday we headed to the East Valley for the lovely Denise to check out a bead store. Our original plan was to head for the Mesa location of Los Dos Molinos afterwards. In milling about waiting for my missus I stopped in a bar in the same strip mall for a beer or three, and picked up a copy of Westword.

As I leafed through the dining section I saw the ad for Mucho Gusto and remembered how much I had enjoyed my previous visit. As it was closer to us than Los Dos, we decided to head there for an afternoon repast before picking up the new pup that evening.


Even better than I remembered. It was still "appy" hour with half-price offerings, so we went with a carnitas quesadilla and an order of guac. Both were superb. The quesadilla was huge, sided with nice pico, a bit of guac and some chipotle-spiked sour cream.

Guacamole was of the best versions we can recall, and made even better by the ring of Grand Marnier syrup drizzled around the edge of the plate. The citrusy syrup added a really nice layer of flavor to the proceedings.

For entrees I chose their camarones prepared in a sauce of chiles and Coca Cola. The lovely Denise chose the snapper with shrimp and crab, and two sauces, tomatillo and chipotle cream.

Her dish was truly outstanding...the fish and shrimp were perfectly cooked, the sauces delectable, with the shredded crabmeat a component of the chipotle cream.

Despite the shrimp in her dish being properly succulent, the crustaceans in my dish were totally overcooked, making it more like huge pencil erasers with a chile/Coca Cola sauce.

I motioned to our waiter, complimented the snapper dish and asked for a properly prepared plate of shrimp for me.

He returned in a few minutes, commenting that the manager had looked at the dish and admitted he could tell by sight it was woefully overcooked.

Not only was my replacement dish done right (and that sauce is quite good), but it was taken off the bill. Very nice gesture on their part, and it will earn them more visits from us.

Both dishes were sided with some excellent sauteed veggies (mostly squashes with some chiles and onions thrown in for good measure) and some WAY good New Mexico mashed in color thanks to an infusion of red chile, and topped with some cotija cheese.

Great meal and even greater customer service.

Way To Go, Mucho Gusto!

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