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Best I ever had

If you are forced to dine in public alone, I recommend doing it in a Mexican restaurant. I know I just reviewed a Mexican restaurant not too long ago, but I just couldn’t resist visiting another one. If loving Mexican cuisine is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

I had to do the restaurant review solo this week because my brother has a social life (sometimes), so I went to a place called Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Greensboro. It is never easy going up to the hostess table and saying, “table for one,” but the good people of Santa Fe were very sweet about accommodating my awkwardness. Gracias, amigos.

Of course I started out with the cheese dip because salsa for one person just isn’t enough, right? I did try the salsa though, just so I could talk about it. Every Mexican restaurant has their own style of salsa. I like to call it “salsa personality” or for the fun people out there, “salsanality.” Some salsas are really spicy. Some are kind of boring. Some are overpowered with my worst enemy, cilantro, and the only thing that makes the taste go away is tequila.

Speaking of tequila, you should check out the drink menu at Santa Fe’s Mexican Grill, but we will get to that after dinner, friends.

So back to the salsa . . . It was perfect. It wasn’t too spicy. It wasn’t too chunky. It was just right. The cheese dip was also delicious.

The last time I reviewed a Mexican restaurant, I told you guys that I always order the Arroz con Pollo because I feel like I won’t live a full life until I find the best ACP in the world. Or at least in the Triad area. I considered switching it up and ordering something crazy like a chimichanga, but everything happened so quickly that the words “ACP” just flew out of my mouth like it was instinct.

They do offer quite a variety of Mexican cuisine. Unlike a lot of Mexican restaurants, they have a generous amount of seafood options that caught my eye.

Four seconds after ordering, my food was in front of me. Maybe it was a little longer than four seconds, but it was definitely less than two minutes. Don’t tell me it wasn’t fresh, either. I know fresh ACP when I taste it, and that scrumptious pile of rice, chicken and cheese was extra fresh.

About a minute into eating Santa Fe’s ACP, I started singing a song in my head. Or out loud. I’m really not even sure.

Baby, you’re my everything. You’re all I ever wanted. We can do it real big, bigger than you ever done it . . . I want this forever, I swear I could spend whatever on it. . . You’re the best I ever had, best I ever had, best I ever had, best I ever had.

But seriously, Santa Fe’s Arroz con Pollo actually is the best I’ve had in the Triad.

As promised, it is now time to talk about their divine drink menu. They obviously have the classic margarita option, and their margarita mix is homemade. The drink that really excited me was something called the Electric Chair. Unfortunately, I had to drive back to Winston-Salem after dinner, so I didn’t get to experience what the Electric Chair had to offer. I am sure it would have been awesome.

I left Santa Fe Mexican Grill with a full belly, a smile on my face and a Drake song stuck in my head. So yes, it was a wonderful experience.

Oh, and it only cost me $12. If you like tasty Mexican food served quickly by a delightful staff, I suggest you check out Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Greensboro. !

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Santa Fe Mexican Grill is located at 423 Pisgah Church Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455. They are open Mon-Thurs 7AM-10PM, Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM and Sun 11AM-10PM.

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