The problem with trying to rate your favorite Mexican restaurant is that it is somewhat like having to choose which one of your 5 children you love the most. While they all have certain traits that make them special, they also have those that make you displeased. During my recent dining experience at Taqueria San Miguel Mexican Restaurant I felt like I had found the perfect child.
Everyone has different tastes in what they prefer when it comes to Mexican food. A few things to consider are; the chips & salsa and what type of salsa it is, the guacamole and if it is fresh, the type of cheeses that they use, their sauces and of course the margaritas! Taqueria San Miguel received an A+ in all of those categories.
Let’s start from the beginning. I was having a serious craving for Mexican food and I wasn’t sure where to go as I was in the vicinity of Thousand Palms and had never tried any of the restaurants there. A friend suggested we try San Miguel. From the moment we walked in the door my husband and I were treated like royalty. We were seated immediately and chips & salsa and glasses of water were placed in front of us along with our menus. The menu was extensive and had several seafood entrees to choose from, which made me very happy. I barely got the words out of mouth to order a side of guacamole and it was on the table. Let’s stop here and evaluate. The salsa was chipotle, which is my favorite, with just the right amount of caliente. The chips were warm and the guacamole was fresh and creamy.
It couldn’t have taken more than 3 minutes for our Cadillac margaritas to arrive and I was pleased that they made them just right to where I didn’t feel like I needed to put out an APB as to where the Tequila was. From there we decided to share the shrimp and octopus cocktail which was a little piece of heaven from the ocean; succulent shrimp and octopus that was tasty and not too chewy. At this point I wondered why we had even ordered our entrees; mine was the Burrito de Camaron with rice, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, red & green bell peppers and cheese, which all came together as a melt in your mouth experience. It was also served with beans, rice and a side salad for only 10.95. My husband opted for the 9.95 Chimichanga plate and all I heard from across the table were moans that reminded me of Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally.”
To sum our experience up: excellent food perfectly prepared, impeccable service at affordable prices. Is it wrong to have a favorite child? Check Taqueria San Miguel out at 2 locations: 72450 Ramon Rd. in Thousand Palms 760-343-7340 or 35320 Date Palm Dr. in Cathedral City 760-328-9402.

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