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El Rincon: Excellent Mexican Food
When we were planning our trip to Sedona Liz kept mentioning that we had to eat here and it was a great Mexican place. El Rincon is a simple Mexican restaurant with a casual southwest decor and good food. We came here for lunch and were seated at a simple wooden table with oversized chairs. Our waitress handed us menus and came back quickly with some salsa and chips. Liz ordered a cheese quesadilla and I had a burrito. The food here is very good and quite authentic not so Tex-mex as you find here in the States. The portions were large and the service was very attentive. Our iced teas never reached half empty before they were refilled. I still prefer my local Mexican food back in Port Chester but this rates a good second.
Casa Rincon & Tapas Cantina: The Old and New Combined
While shopping in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, we decided to eat at Casa Rincon & Tapas Cantina, and it was a smart decision.
The atmosphere is old world Spanish, but the food is New World Southwestern and Mexican Cuisine. They offer delicious Tapas (appetizers), salads, soups, entrees of Southwest or Mexican favorites. They also have incredible desserts.
Before we ate, we went into the Tapas Cantina (lounge for a drink).
One thing that we noticed right from the beginning was the great hospitality. It's sheer delight to be treated so warmly.
The servers told us that that present their food in casual "Grande Hacienda" style.
If interested, they have Early Bird Specials that are served between 4:00 and 6:30 pm daily. They also have a Kid's Menu.
Open Everyday for Lunch from 11:30am-4:00 pm and Dinner from 5:00 pm-9 pm
Tapas Cantain from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Happy Hour is everyday from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm
Favorite Dish: Allan tried a Southwestern favorite of Pacific Red Snapper which was sauteed and then simmered with sliced olives, tomato, onions, jalapenos and Spanish rice. He enjoyed it very much. I tried what is termed Mexican A La Carte. I had a Dinner Salad, a Quesadilla (Open) Cheese crisp with sour cream and red chile.
Of course, we both tried the special Margaritas Ole! which is a Margarita done each individually made with fresh sweet and sour, consisting of real lime juice, egg white and powdered sugar, and blended with 1/2 oz. Triple-sec and 1 1/2 oz of tequila. Now, that's a Margarita!
They have a special Dessert Menu too.
We shared Deep Fried Ice Cream with Strawberry Sauce. Needless to say, we were quite full after all this delicious food.
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