Senor Jalapeno (Windsor, CO)
1039 W. Main Street, Windsor, CO
Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3
My husband and I tried out Senor Jalapeno for the first time last night. Our favorite Mexican food restaurant, Adelita‘s in Loveland, is still closed (they had a major fire in December), and we had an intense craving for green chili.
Senor Jalapeno’s is located in the corner of a strip mall in Windsor, Colorado. The location has low-visibility, making it the kind of joint you have to know about in order to find. We found it in our 2009 Entertainment Book.
Despite the lack of windows, the restaurant is bright and cheery. Colorful artwork adorns the walls, and the furniture is vibrantly painted. It isn’t fancy. A large television hangs in the corner, and on this evening it was showing the movie “Best Man” sans sound. We tucked into a booth and waited. We got our chips and salsa immediately, but the host appeared to be multi-tasking as a waiter, and it took awhile to get our waters.
The salsa is very good, a thick puree of red hot spiciness. We both ordered combination plates, a mini chicken burrito, taco and enchilada for me, a mini burrito, relleno and enchilada for Ryan. Service wasn’t as fast as some other Mexican food restaurants, however, there was a gigantic to-go order directly in front of ours, so on this trip, I will forgive the kitchen for being a little backed up.
Our meals were good. My husband described it as, “comfort Mexican food,” the kind he was use to eating while growing in Colorado. The enchiladas were just “okay,” but the burritos, smothered in green chili, were very tasty.
The green chili, which the restaurant’s menu claims to be “award winning,” lived up to the hype. It comes in mild, medium or hot. We both ordered the hot. It has a bit of kick, but doesn’t burn. It was a pleasant surprise to be served an actual side of real beans, not the typical puree of bean sauce so frequently served at Mexican restaurants. The rice is also yummy, fluffy with just a hint of Spanish spices – topped with a bit of the hot salsa, it was perfect.
We just had soda on this trip, no margaritas, though the couple behind us was on a margarita roll, ordering a third each by the time we left, so the margaritas must be fairly drinkable. The menu is fairly long, and very well-priced, with no meal exceeding $8.
Senor Jalapeno’s appears to be a solid choice for good, “comfort” Mexican food. The kind Coloradoans have grown accustom to. We will be back.