Saturday, February 5, 2011


I took my wife to dinner last night to a restaurant I just recently found out about, La Reserva Bar & Grill.  I didn't know anything about the place apart from the ad I had seen in the paper.  I figured it has to be a nice place -- it has it's own logo and decorative font.  Let's go. 

When we got there, the maitre d' asked us if we had reservations; We nervously froze for a moment and said no, but the gentleman quickly led us to a table nicely tucked away from the main floor.  I guess it didn't help that I was wearing ripped jeans.  (j.k.) 

Anywho, it was a special occasion so we were out for something different, and we got it.  We had mood lighting, Spanish instrumental music, a wine list, etc.  Mission accomplished.  I decided to order an appetizer, the tostadas de atún.  Here I thought I would get something akin to the tuna patties that I've eaten at home.  Instead we got something right out of a quick fire challenge from Top Chef.  It was a tostada chip topped with a creamy dressing, slivers of tuna, avocado and a salsa.  Good presentation and good delivery.  I liked 'em.

The placed ads (pictured) for their Superbowl offerings smack dab on the table, right next to the small candle.  We questioned that the place was too swanky to host a sporting event.  And the flat screen televisions they had mounted above the central dining area were perhaps too high for someone to truly enjoy the game.  But I guess those who are used to paying $55 for a steak also need to watch the game in a comfortable environment.  To each his own.

But La Reserva isn't the only one catering to the Superbowl crowd.  Arby's is having its regular beef n' cheddar, two for $5.  It's good mood food, according to them.  El Pollo Feliz is offering a 20-piece dinner, with rice, beans, and tortillas, for $15.99.  You get a free 1.5 liter bottle of Topo Chico.  And for those on the west side, Los Generales will have a Superbowl Botana Platter.  It includes:  chips, beef fajita, chicken fajita, sausage, grilled onions, jalapeños, melted cheddar cheese, and 4 Coke bottles.  All this for $25.

It's safe to say that tomorrow a lot of people will wreck their diets.  Whatever.  It's a special occasion; You have to live a little.  Have fun with your friends and your angina.   

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