Sharkey’s in Santa Clarita

Hi friends!  Work travels brought me out to the West Coast again, this time more southern than Seattle, so what else is a foodie to do than… partake in more culinary adventures?!  Okay, quiz time.  Can you guess what this is?

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Lime Has Yet to Impress, Strikes Out

I’ve been to the Lime* in Doral a couple times now, and have never been impressed by what I’ve gotten there.

This last time, I ordered the Nach’yo’momma’s Nachos and was still… (unsurprisingly) unimpressed.  From the menu description, the nachos had sounded pretty promising… I was ready for a plate packed with queso, shredded cheese, black beans, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and jalapeños, — and I even ordered extra bell peppers and onions on the side!

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While there was certainly a large quantity of food, the quality was below average in my opinion.  And I’d even go as far as to say most of the toppings were tasteless, which is the reason it gets a below average!  That made me really sad because I had originally planned on finishing off every last chip in the box.  #ilovenachos  Unfortunately, I must say that I wasn’t even able to make it halfway through the meal… and you know how I hate to leave food on the table

That’s strike three for Lime in my book!  I’ve gotten the Original Tacos several times before, but was never satisfied with the taste of those either… Also, my co-worker got sick from whatever she ate there, so I sure won’t be going back anytime soon.   There are plenty of better Mexican (and other Latin American) options in town anyway.

*Location:
8484 NW 36th St
Doral, FL 33166

A Steak Salad That’s Heavy on the Steak?!

A recent work trip landed me in Seattle, which a great city for exploring new restaurants!  My first culinary stop of the trip was at Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge*, a Mexican spot along a strip of restaurants and small shops in downtown.  (It has a huge menu, by the way!)

When I travel, I’m generally not in the mood for heavy meals, so salads are usually acceptable solutions.  At Peso’s, I ordered the Carne Asada “Steak Salad,” which included tomatoes and sweet grilled onions poblanos, fried shallots, corn, and basil, topped with a smoked paprika vinaigrette.  It sounded and looked completely delicious!

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Lime Opens Nearby, Offers Eight Varieties of Salsas

Since I didn’t have a great Mexican experience yesterday, I thought I’d give it another try today… with something a bit more mainstream.

Lime Mexican Grill just opened near my office, so a couple co-workers and I stopped by to grab a quick lunch.  Seemed to be a pretty popular lunch spot, as the line was out the door when we arrived.  There’s also an outdoor — covered, I might add — seating area, which looked very inviting!

At first glance, the menu seemed fairly extensive, but after reading the fine print, we noticed that many items only differed by one or two ingredients.  Bummer.  Regardless, I ordered three Original Tacos (two soft and one crunchy) with chicken.  Was super excited about the chips on the side since the restaurant also offers eight different types of salsas.  Eight, really?!

After ordering, I made a beeline to the salsa station to pick up some dippers while I waited for my food to arrive.  (On my way over, I passed a wall of hot sauces that I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of.)

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Choriqueso from Tenango’s Taqueria

Ever order food for no other reason than…  it sounds intriguing?  I often do — and am always up for trying something new, like the patacón I had a couple days ago!  For lunch today, I ordered Choriqueso, a Mexican appetizer comprised of sausage (chorizo) and cheese (queso), at Tenango’s Taqueria*.

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The Choriqueso came in a small bowl, with 6-7 small flour tortillas on the side, to wrap the sausage and cheese.  I must say… while I don’t deny that the combination of ingredients was flavorful, it got kind of boring after a couple bites.

The cheese was somewhat melty but also somewhat stiff at the same time (ugh), so got kind of difficult to separate, but I felt like the dish was missing something… perhaps some onions?  Or maybe bell peppers?  Just something to balance out the saltiness.  I did appreciate that there was an adequate number of tortillas, but that was probably the only thing I appreciated.

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Overall rating?  I guess I’ll go with okay.  Erm… mostly because I’m feeling somewhat nice.  Probably doesn’t help that the waitress didn’t bring my guacamole though…

Oh, almost forgot, all diners get a cup of chips, bean dip, and salsa to start off the meal.  Guess I forgot to mention that until now because well… it wasn’t very memorable.  The corn chips were somewhat stale and the bean dip and salsas weren’t terribly tasty.  In fact, I’d rate the dippers okay and below average, respectively.  The red salsa had a smoky taste to it, which was not quite the profile I was expecting.

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Overall assessment?  The analyst in me concludes that Tenango’s Taqueria’s price-to-taste/value ratio lands it on my do not re-visit list.  #oneanddone

*Location:
8349 NW 12th St
Doral, FL 33126