We tried a new Crystal Lake restaurant last night – that doesn’t happen very often- Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. The good news is that its beans are lard-free (both the black beans and refried beans). The bad news is that it uses chicken stock in the rice, so don’t order that. I ordered a fresh-squeezed margarita. It was good, but it doesn’t compare to Mixteca.
The worst thing about Pablo’s was the chips and salsa. The salsa was chunky!! Isn’t there a law that requires Mexican restaurants to serve smooth salsa?! I doubt we’ll go back, because of the salsa.
I had the vegetarian fajitas for dinner. You get an interesting mix of vegetables – more than just peppers and onions. It was a little strange to eat green beans, broccoli and carrots with a tortilla, but it worked. It’s not fresh guacamole, which makes me glad I didn’t order any to go with the chips. I did like the black bean option.