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Villa del Sol, Ridgefield


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Villa del Sol, Ridgefield

hungrykids | Jul 13, 2009 04:06 PM


Major bonus points for friendly service. The owner was there, greeting us at the door, and mentioning that their Cuban concept wasn't working so they changed over to the same menu as their Westport (and formerly Mt. Kisco) location.

The salsa was fresh, spicy, and delicious and arrived at the table, unbidden, with a basket of chips that were nothing unusual.

We had one hungrykid with us and he happily ordered a ground beef taco off the list of kids' items on the menu. The taco arrived with only ground beef and cheese inside....but the waitress, noticing that he wasn't eating, asked him what was wrong. He said he needed tomato and lettuce. She gets extra points (again) not only for bringing shredded lettuce and chopped tomoto but for complimenting him on his healthy eating habits.

My spouse ordered the enchiladas mole - one each beef, chicken, and cheese. He also asked for black beans as an alternate to the refried beans that normally accompany the dish. Although the server brought refried, she apologized for the mistake (after we asked her to correct it) and immediately brought the correct side dishes. The black beans were okay - nothing special - but a step up from the refried beans which tasted like they came out of a supermarket can. The rice (served with all of our meals) was even less impressive.

I had a taco salad (the menu had two different versions) and was pleasantly surprised to find mixed greens rather than iceberg lettuce in the shell.

Both the taco salad and the enchiladas were delicious, with the enchiladas rating a "very good but not spicy enough for my taste" from my other half.

It seems like the menu offered fewer choices than at Rancho Allegre (the nearest competition for Mexican food - around the corner in Georgetown).

While I wish the owners well with their revised attempt to make a go of this location, my guess is they won't have much more success with this than they did with Coco Bongo's...and will probably last about as long as Pancho & Gringo's did when they tried their hand at the Route 7 restaurant business.

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