Foodventurous: Los Tres Amigos

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Sopa de Pollo

I have made an effort with this blog to seek out new or unique restaurants to try and feature the ones that impress me in Foodventurous blogs.

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

I think it’s about time I write about one of our favorite local spots that we return to over and over again: Los Tres Amigos. This is one of those places that is convenient, friendly, clean, affordable, and most importantly, consistently satisfying! “Convenient” refers to the fact that it is about a mile from our house (too convenient, maybe?). Over the past 10 years or so, we have gotten to know the management and servers, and it is not unusual for us to run into friends, neighbors and community members when we are there. I am always impressed with how clean the dining area is: no napkins or straw papers discarded on the floor, no sticky spots on the tables or seats, the condiments on the table and the menus are always wiped clean. The price of most menu entrées is between $8 and $12 with plenty of options.

But of course, none of this matters if the food isn’t good. I think you can guess that if we continue to return, it must be. So what do we recommend?

My husband would recommend the shrimp fajitas and with good reason. They’re delicious. I count on him ordering this so I can order something else but still snitch off his plate (probably not one of my most endearing qualities).

I have a rotation of three entrées that I would call my favorites: Enchiladas Verdes (chicken with a green tomatillo sauce), the Carnitas Dinner (marinated pork with tortillas and a side of the tomatillo sauce) and Chiles Poblanos (poblano peppers stuffed with chicken and cheese, lightly battered and covered with a ranchero sauce).

So why in the world is the feature photo for this blog a bowl of soup?

Who goes to a Mexican restaurant and orders soup?

I do. Not always. Sometimes I crave Mexican flavors but still want to eat lighter and this big bowl of soup is perfect. In fact, it inspired me to make changes to my recipe for homemade Mexican Chicken Soup. Sopa de Pollo (chicken soup) is a broth-based soup, loaded with chunks of hand-shredded chicken, pieces of zucchini, carrots and onions, and rice in the bottom of the bowl.

Here’s the tip for being foodventurous when eating out: ASK people what they are having (or if you aren’t in a small-town, casual environment, ask your server what that person is having). The first time I saw this soup, it was delivered to the table next to us. It looked so good! So I leaned toward the aisle and asked. They were more than happy to tell us not only what they ordered but added the additional advice to make sure and order it with a side of limes and a side of the Los Tres hot salsa. Squeeze a lime over the soup and stir it in with one or two spoonfuls of the hot salsa (start with one … it is hot).

Oh, and just in case you are thinking “A bowl of soup is not enough to fill me up!” This is no typical “bowl” of soup. The picture makes the bowl look like it would hold a cup to a cup and a half of soup. It is easily three cups of hearty, flavorful goodness.

Besides … soup leaves plenty of room for chips and salsa!

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And margaritas! Don’t forget the margaritas!


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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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