Yesterday, after a day of window shopping at the Square One Mall, we were beyond hungry! We ended up at the Border Cafe. Rarely do we go to a restaurant without a reservation but, since we were improvising, we walked into the packed restaurant, put our names on the list, and waited almost 40 minutes for a table. Delicious food, more than reasonable prices, and great service...the Border Cafe was worth every minute we spent waiting!
Our waitress greeted us with a complementary bowl of homemade salsa and fresh out of the fryer tortilla chips. The chips were warm, crispy, and perfect when dunked in the fresh salsa! The best part of this appetizer were the refills; we weren't even done with our first basket of chips and our waiter was already bringing us a new batch!
The Border Cafe specializes in tex-mex and cajun cuisines. Therefore, we just had to try a cup of their Louisiana Gumbo. The gumbo was thick with large chunks of sausage and chicken. It was a very well prepared cup of gumbo and a steal at only $2.47 a cup!
Our second appetizer were Border Cafe's Pastelitos which are pastries made in-house filled with mixture of chicken and cilantro. They are served with a chimi verde sauce. The chicken filling was flavorful, especially when mixed with the chimi verde sauce. Our only complaint would be the doneness of the pastelitos. In our opinion they could have been cooked a bit longer; some of them were a bit doughy. Apart from that, the pastelitos were a great part of our meal!
Aida ordered the Border Cafe's Eggplant Royale. This cajun dish is made up of fried eggplant topped with lump crabmeat and a cheese sauce. It is served with a side of jambalaya and a piece of cornbread. Every component of this dish was delicious on its own, but when eaten together they were just heavenly! We suggest ordering the jambalaya as a side with any dish...it is well made and tasty! This is definitely a dish everyone must consider when eating at the Border Cafe!
James went with the Mexican side of the Border Cafe's menu. He had the Chicken Fajita which is marinated in spices, grilled, and served sizzling hot. Apart from the sizzle, the best part of this dish was the juicy chicken. The tortillas came hot wrapped on a warm towel. Yet, the side of pico de gallo was not enough for the large portion of chicken. Apart from that, this was a tasteful fajita dish!
As we waited to be seated, it seemed that everyone at the bar was drinking a margarita. So, with our meal we decided to have Border Cafe's Margarita Grande, which is a combination of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. This huge margarita was only $5.75! We don't usually drink alcohol, so this margarita was more than enough for the two of us!
The Border Cafe is a great hangout spot for everyone! There were plenty of families, college students, and couples enjoying a meal at the vibrant restaurant. When eating at the Border Cafe we suggest sharing for the portions are huge. Next time we are traveling down Route 1 we will definitely be stopping by the Border Cafe for another delicious meal!
For more information on the Border Cafe's menu and other locations please visit http://www.bordercafe.com/.