As I mentioned in my last post I’ve had a Groupon for Mas Mexican Restaurant sitting around and about to expire this week. Today was the last day I could use it, but I actually ended up going on Monday and met my mom for dinner. When I showed up at about 4:40pm the sign over the front door was being painted, so I waited until afterwards to get a photo of the outside.
When we went in there were a few tables filled but otherwise it was quite empty. There is a smallish, fully stocked bar which was devoid of customers but filled up about halfway fairly quickly. There was a good amount of staff milling around near the kitchen and waiting for the dinner rush. After us there was a very steady steam of customers coming in. Many must have been seated out in the patio area because it didn’t feel like it got much busier despite the consistent flow of people. The patio is enclosed with glass and covered by a roof (possibly a soft fabric roof, I didn’t go out and see it). Permanent gas heaters built in up above were keeping it nice and warm.
We were seated up front in a booth against the window and given menus. Soon after, chips, salsa and bean dip was delivered. Our server came by and took our drink orders. This all happened in a short amount of time, but not quite a quickly as I might have expected given the level of business and amount of staff standing around. I ordered a Dr Pepper, which was quite good. Once we had ordered our food the servers pace seemed to pick up and she was very attentive throughout the rest of the visit.
The chips we hot and fresh, and I had to stop myself before personally destroying the bean dip entirely. It was very cheesy and also nice and hot. The super-finely blended salsa was good, but was heavy on tomatoes which is not really my kind of salsa. My mom enjoyed it though.
When I chose my entree, I was torn between the carnitas plate and the Chile Colorado (Chunks of beef are simmered for hours in a chile ancho and chile pasilla sauce. Tender and full of flavor. One of Mexico’s oldest recipes), which is what I ended up picking. As I’m now looking at the menu online I see something I missed and may have ordered if I hadn’t – Chile Rellenos (Battered chile poblano stuffed with beef picadillo, topped with chiplotle sauce and queso fresco). That sounds amazing and I think I might return soon to try it.
My mom’s Chicken Avocado Salad (Fresh romaine lettuce, red onion and carrot topped with marinated grilled chicken breast, slices of avocado, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese) arrived along with my Chile Colorado. It was a gigantic salad with a good amount of chicken. She only made it about two-thirds through, but made sure to pick all the remaining chicken and avocado out before having them take it away.
My Chile Colorado was seaming and smelled fantastic. The beef reminded me of Indian dishes in appearance and consistency. Guacamole was served along with sour cream, which was nice. It wasn’t the most amazing guac, but it sufficed. I received corn tortillas (flour is also available) and failed miserably in wrapping up some beef, beens and rice. I think next time in this situation I’ll order flour and see how it goes. I’ve always ordered corn and they just don’t hold up. I ended up ripping up a few remaining tortillas, spreading them over the beef and eating the rest with a fork, which my napkins thanked me for. Overall the Chile Colorado was pretty damn good. The beef was quite tender and the sauce was awesome and flavorful. The beans and rice were decent but nothing particularly special.
I took half of the Chile Colorado home for lunch the next day (it was still pretty good reheated) so that I would have room for desert. I ordered tres leches (House-made moist cake enriched with three types of milk). This was absolutely incredible. Moist doesn’t really do it justice. Imagine soaking an already delicious and moist cake in a bowl of sweet milk for about an hour. The heavy whipped topping and chocolate drizzle were both a nice addition. I had considered ordering flan, but I’m glad I didn’t. This is something I’ll definitely come back for. I wish I was eating some right now. I only ate about half of it and took it for the next days lunch, along with the Chile Colorado, and it was still amazing.
This was my first time at Mas and it certainly won’t be my last. Good service, chips, food, Dr Pepper and ridiculously good desert. I think next time I’d like to sit out on the patio, it looks nice.