****Update May 2009: Agave is now closed. *****
I had reason to be in downtown Ambler today and decided to meet a friend for lunch. He offered a variety of options and I rarely get to dine with someone who likes Mexican food, so I picked Agave Cantina and Grill.
Agave opened a few years ago in the space formerly occupied by the heralded arrival of Ralph’s Italian Restaurant (Jimmy Rubino’s transplant from South Philly). I ate there once. The service and food was lousy, I never went back. Neither did most other people because Ralph’s folded after a few years.
Agave seems to be doing well.
This is not Chi Chi’s (and man do I miss Chi Chi’s). They make their own very delicious tortilla chips with some pico de gallo that is served gratis (that is spanish for free).
I had the twin taco appetizer, two soft tacos (one beef, one chicken, but it’s your choice). Very good. For the entree I had a chicken burrito. The chicken was spicy, but not inedibly spicy. Enough cheese and sauce on top without being sloppy or messy.
The guy who dined with me (who requested not to be called my dining partner because of his latent homosexual tendencies offset against his homophobia) is a one-time Texan. So he knows a thing or two about gringo attempts at Mexican fare. Let’s call him the Frito Bandito.
Frito Bandito was happy with his chicken enchliadas. Both dishes were served with black beans and mexican rice.
$40 for lunch for two. Good stuff
Speedy Gonazales would beat you to Agave if you invited him to lunch. So the next time you get a hankering for a Taco Bell Grande or Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell, rethink it, take your time and head over to Agave. You’ll say gracias to yourself.
That’s spanish for “thanks, dude”.