Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant – Kalamazoo
So, I’m a little late. I know. This weekend has been particularly brutal, so I haven’t had time to write, but rest assured, J and I did go out to dinner Friday after I got home from a long, stressful day.
Since I got home pretty late, I didn’t want to travel far. I didn’t really have a taste for anything and really, most importantly, just wanted to do something with J.
I was coming up with nothing when she asked where I wanted to go for dinner. My brain was fried and I was drawing a blank. Luckily, J stepped up to the plate.
J takes Stadium to work and a few days ago, noticed the sign outside of the new Los Amigos restaurant said “Now Open.” We weren’t the only ones who decided to check the place out on it’s first Friday night. The place was packed.
Los Amigos takes over the space that used to be Buffalo Wild Wings on Stadium Drive. However, if you didn’t know it used to be a B-Dubs, you’d never guess. I never went into the store then, but there is absolutely no way this place has anything left over from the sports bar days.
This Los Amigos is a sister restaurant to the Los Amigos in Portage. Again, it would be very hard to tell. The Portage location is a little plain and in a strip mall. It has some Mexican flare, but nothing like the new Kalamazoo location.
When you walk, in the first thing you notice is the water feature between the two bathrooms. It does a really good job making you want to pee.
The color scheme is a bright blue and orange. There are tile mosaics throughout the space and the very heavy wooden furniture on orange ceramic tile floors make this Los Amigos more of a night out destination than its sister in the strip mall.
There was a short wait when we walked in a little after 7:00. Once again, we made it right in time. The line grew quite a bit after we took a seat on the benches near the the hostess station.
We were taken into the second dining room and shown to a four top in the middle of the room. There are large wooden booths that could hold at least six people all the way around the space and a couple large wooden table four tops in the middle.
Our waiter went to get us Pepsi’s while we looked over the menu and another guy brought us chips and salsa…my absolute favorite thing about any Mexican restaurant and I really like Los Amigos offering.
The salsa is served very cold and they bring out individual bowls so everyone has their own. The salsa is served in a small decanter and it’s a very smooth salsa. The chips are home made and lightly salted. I tore through the first basket of chips in no time and before I could even ask, another basket and more salsa were brought out.
For dinner, I decided to stray from tacos which is the thing I really like in Mexican cooking. Instead, I ordered the Enchiladas Rancheras. The three cheese enchilada is topped with pork that is slow roasted in tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and enchilada sauce. The pork was fantastic. It was very tender and had a mild chile flavor to it. The unfortunate thing was that the onions were big pieces and since I’m not an onion lover, it was kind of a turn off to me. It’s not a bad flavor and I knew when I ordered there were onions in it, so I have no one to blame but myself. The plate also came with the usual Mexican rice and a salad with guacamole. I didn’t touch either, but that’s nothing unusual for me.
J’s dinner was the Vegetarian Combination A which consisted of a chalupa and a cheese enchilada with Mexican rice and refried beans. Both seemed to go over pretty well and after dinner she said it was a place we could definitely go back to.
Our bill was a little over $21. Los Amigos is right on when it comes to us and Mexican food. I still get told I don’t know what “true Mexican” food is, but I really like the new Los Amigos location and that’s all that really matters. As far as I can tell, it’s the only Mexican joint on this side of town which should go over pretty well.