Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lencho's Mexican Restaurant

When you haven't seen some friends for a while the best thing to do is invite them out for an explore. Lisa and Josh were ready to drive to Marathon to try some Mexican. So off we went yesterday evening.We had heard second hand that Lencho's might be worth trying. Long ago my California wife had given up eating "proper" Mexican anywhere in South Florida outside Homestead (home to a large population of Mexican agricultural workers). Mexican in Marathon? Worth a shot...Lisa and Josh are award winning teachers at Key West High School and have been submerged, just like my wife (she is out of the public eye and thus forgotten at award time) in Florida standardized testing. There was much to catch up on. The decor is Mexican all right but quite pleasant and inviting. I ordered a Negro Modelo, my preferred Mexican beer and I even got a frosty mug which is good for me as I like beer out of a glass. Everyone else got wine margaritas which they pronounced good enough for a second round...I wanted to test the menu so I ordered a chile relleno, a stuffed pepper, and I chose to have it stuffed with cheese rather than beef or chicken. I like my Mexican beans twice fried into mush but these came Cuban style and very good they were too. Josh fell silent as he layed into a plate of shrimp under a chipotle sauce...
... while Lisa faced the daunting task of polishing off a large chimichanga, a stuffed tortilla folded and fried. We tasted each other's plates and pronounced them good. Prices were reasonable, less than ten dollars a plate except for Josh's shrimp so a twenty dollar meal with a coke would be money well spent. The ingredients were in keeping with the prices. This isn't a top flight Mexican and it's not in competition with nouvelle cuisine but it's a short drive from my house, 25 minutes, and I look forward to going back and scratching the occasional Mexican itch. I don't think too many people would drive an hour from Key West to visit their sister city, the working class blip in the highway called Marathon, but if they did this would make a good turn around point for a little of something different.

3 comments:

Garythetourist said...

Hi C.S.,
Do you and your wife like Chico's Cantina? We've only been there a couple of times but we were pleased both times.
Garythetourist

Conchscooter said...

There's nothing wrong woth Chico'sw. It is close to Key west it is pricey and the ingredients are impeccable. It's just that for a person raised on California-Mexican it is different and somertimes one craves the familiar.

irondad said...

Interesting that we both like the same Mexican beer.