Soul of Mexico

By | November 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm | 10 comments | Columns, The Pampered Palate

When searching for authentic Mexican food, I have been known to travel to the corners of our valley! There are many restaurants and cantinas claiming the most authentic flavors but let me make the choice clear. Soul of Mexico offers incredible, mouthwatering food in a welcoming family friendly environment. I joined a colleague for dinner and margaritas at what has now become a new favorite restaurant of mine, and now I can’t wait to return and taste everything on their menu.
Let me first state that they are not messing around when it comes to margaritas! My drink was large enough to double as a fish bowl and it packed quite a punch! Because there was already a strong reputation to live up to, we decided to try a few appetizers just to taste the authenticity. The guacamole was fresh and we could have filled up on that alone! The grilled vegetable stack is great as a side dish to your entrees or of course a great appetizer to share, offering seasonal vegetables full of flavor. Our favorite appetizer, however, was the calamari! I do not think I can order calamari anywhere else after having this most tender, flavorful dish! It is something you must try for yourself to believe!
When it was time for the main course to arrive, I could hear the sizzle of my fajitas before I could see them placed in front of me. Everyone’s eyes were on my meal as it traveled from the kitchen to our table. Unable to decide on what to have for dinner, I had selected a combination fajita plate with chicken, steak and shrimp. The meat was tender and the flavors were intense! My good friend ordered a specialty dish: Chile Relleno en Ahogada. All I can say is, “Wow”! This is certainly a signature dish worth bragging about. It even states on the menu that this item will take 15 minutes to prepare. They begin by peeling this large pablano pepper before cooking it, making it tender and the perfect home for the succulent shrimp it is filled with. The pepper has just the right amount of caliente; enough to break a sweat but not to make you cry.
The employees at this beautiful restaurant are all family and close friends, making the customers feel like guests in their home. Our server, Jose Luis went out of his way to make us feel welcomed and part of the family. This is a concept lost on many corporate chain restaurants. If you do not live nearby this incredible eatery, my advice is to make the trip because it is worth it! All of the best restaurants are worth a small detour when you or your guests have a discerning palate.
Located at 44100 Jefferson Street at Fred Waring in Indio, this is a place you do not want to miss! Lunch is offered between 11am and 4pm, Happy Hour from 2pm to 5pm and dinner is available from 4pm to 9pm. For more information, call 760-200-8787 or visit www.soulofmexicocv.com

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