Dining Out: Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant
A new Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant just opened in Ayrsley (I-485 and S. Tryon Street), so I decided to check it out. I can only assume that it is related to the other two Salsa’s in Charlotte: one in Carmel Commons near Pineville and the other in Galleria Village in the Matthews area. As of today, the new location is not listed on their website but the logo looks the same as the others.
The decor and ambiance seemed much more upscale to me than the other two locations - not they they are not nice. All of the locations have a much nicer decor and appeal than most other Charlotte Mexican Restaurants. The good news is that while the decor and ambiance appear to be increasing to a more upscale appeal, the prices are still very reasonable. Most of the meals on the menu were under $10.
I think the service that I had on this particular day was some of the best I have had. The waitress was very attentive and had no problem keeping us supplied with ample amounts of tea.
I ordered a combo that allowed me to select two of the following: enchilada, chili cheese burrito, taco, or chili relleno. As usual, I was able to select beef or chicken for the entrees. It also came with Mexican rice or refried beans, a baby green mix and sour cream. The cost was $6.79. I chose the enchilada and the chili relleno.
First, the good news. The chips and salsa were well on par with expectations. The Mexican rice was exceptional. It was some of the best that I have ever had. It had a very small tinge of smoked flavor that added a perfect touch to the rice.
Now the bad news. The chicken in the enchilada was a bit dry. This seems to be rare with Mexican because of the sauces/spices, but in this case it was. The chili relleno was good except that the cheese was not all of the way melted. It could have stood another minute or so in the “cooker.”
All in all, it was only an average experience on this visit. The ambiance and the services were very good, some of the food was great, some of it not so great. Perhaps they are just ironing out some rough edges in the kitchen since the location is new. I have always gotten great food at the other two locations. I am sure I will give them another shot – primarily due to the location and my experiences with the other two locations.