Word of advice: stay the hell away from Tex-Mex! If you're prepping for an athletic fitness competition, that is. Oh, you're not? Just looking for some really good Tex-Mex? Well, what are you waiting for? Wax your moustache, fuel your mule with tequila and ride it gleefully towards the sunset!
Despite loving Tex-Mex food, and despite living rather close to a Tex-Mex for years, it took a trip to Liepaja before I actually tried the place. After randomly choosing it as the place for dinner, and walking out of there with a silly ”oh man, these people can cook” smile on my face, I immediately went to the Tex-Mex on Dzirnavu iela upon returning to Riga. And man, can they cook there too!
”that pool of cooking oil looks like it was spilled by british petroleum”
All the Tex-Mex stuff on the menu that I've tried (burritos, fajitas and enchiladas) has been juicy and full of flavor, and the servings are of a decent size too. The restaurant offers a big variety of side orders, salsas and dipping sauces. I especially recommend the chipotle sauce, which is both fiery and gorgeous on your tongue. However, even though the jalapeño poppers are as spicy as you would hope, you really have to love cheese to appreciate this side order, since the jalapeños are covered in cheese and comes with a cheddar cheese dipping sauce. Furthermore, I also tried the Mexburger, which wasn't exactly a disappointment, but whispered ”unfulfilled potential” to me with every bite. Cut me loose in the Tex-Mex kitchen, and I'm sure that I could whip up a burger dressing that would bring this burger to a new level.
”if sagging body parts is your thing, here's your diet”
Oh, what's that you said about fitness and Tex-Mex?
Well, just take a look at the pictures. That pool of cooking oil looks like it was spilled by British Petroleum. If sagging body parts is your thing, here's your diet.
There is much to like about Tex-Mex. They should also consider adding ”BBQ” or something to their name, since the menu contains lots and lots of big things for all you meat lovers out there. I haven't yet tried any of it myself, but via friends I can tell that it's supposedly good stuff. One thing that doesn't enthuse me greatly, though, is that Tex-Mex insists on adding very sweet ingredients to the mix, such as pineapple. Some people may like it, I don't. However, it's easy to overlook that sort of thing when you're out in Tex-Mex's big inner yard, you're attacked from two fronts by the scorching sun and the hellish chili, and your only weapon of defense is a cold beer.
If you're a diehard Tex-Mextremist, I'm sure you'll find a thing or two that isn't to your precise liking. For the rest of us, though, Tex-Mex is a spicy oasis that I almost guarantee that you'll visit again and again.