It was going to be another beautiful day in Bonita Springs. I woke up a bit late, grabbed a cup of coffee and headed for the balcony to enjoy the beauty that stretched before me.
After a while everyone else joined me and we had fun, once again, watching as golfers tried to take that perfect swing and hit their ball down the fairway. A great deal of the balls this morning landed in the bushes and trees. It is really quite funny to watch as the golfers search sometimes in vain to find their balls and stealthily drop a new ball down their leg and then take a swing.
Our schedule for the day was a duplicate of yesterdays; breakfast, morning poolside, lunch, afternoon poolside back home than then off to dinner. Today we are taking Bob and Sandy to a wonderful Mexican restaurant we discovered when we here in August of last year. Bob and Sandy came down to Bonita with us in May 2010 and we took them to Maria’s Restaurant offering authenic Mexican food.
We decided to find a new restaurant while in Bonita in August and started to drive down Tamiami Trail and as soon as we saw an interesting restaurant we would stop. To our pleasure we saw Señor Tequila’s and pulled in. We loved the restaurant with its beautiful and highly polished tables with the restaurant’s name painted on them, leather chairs that were so comfortable, and seeing the walls lined with empty tequila bottles. But most of all, we loved the food. Like so many Mexican restaurants there were many wonderful sounding dishes to choose from. As we sat and ate our meal we both agreed that Bob and Sandy would love this restaurant and would bring them here the next time they came down with us.
The first thing you see when you enter the restaurant is a table draped in a colorful Mexican blanket with four bowls of different salsas, tiny bowls and spoons and an invitation to try each one. The one I liked best was called Bebe—made with mayonnaise, jalapeño and garlic. There was also a Salsa Guajillo-made with Guajillo (chili pepper), jalapeño, onion and garlic; a Verde/green—made with tamatillo, cilantro, jalapeño and garlic; and a Roja/red—made with bacon, tomato, jalapeño, chile de árbol, garlic and onion. I liked them all but my favorite was the Bebe with its smooth, mild taste.
As we were seated I noticed several patrons enjoying different flavored margaritas. Our waitress explained the different flavors of margaritas and suggested that I would like the Patron Golden Margarita. I normally do not like margaritas finding them too bitter. But, oh my, this margarita was so smooth. I passed the glass around so everyone could have a taste. Everyone agreed that it was wonderful!
We told Bob and Sandy that the portions served here were extremely generous. Randy and I decided to share a chicken chalupa while Bob ordered a super burrito and Sandy decided to try the taco salad. The presentation of our chalupa was very eye appealing. A large flour tortilla was filled with tender shredded chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and topped with dollops of sour cream and guacomole. The chalupa was set atop a bed of rice and beans. It was delicious. The table became very quiet as we enjoyed our meals.
Our appetites sated we returned to our home away from home grabbed some beers and settled down on the balcony enjoying a warm, clear, beautiful evening. We spent the rest of the evening talking about how great our meal had been, and sharing childhood memories.
Tomorrow we celebrate our anniversary at the Tarpon Bay restaurant. Stay tuned!