Friday, March 27, 2009
Frida Mexican Cuisine
The Americana at Brand
750 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
A couple days ago, I had gone here for a casual lunch with a good friend. I've passed by it many times during my walks and drive-bys. I've been tempted to come here having seen so many people occupy the table in their outdoor patio area.
We walk in and were greeted by a hostess. It was around early afternoon, so there wasn't much people there. It was a lovely day outside and we opted to have a table in out patio area. The location of the place was perfect as to where it didn't have much of the afternoon sunlight and nicely shaded by the building it sits under. The decor had a sort of modern-spanish appeal to it. At night, the bar is lit up, so it attracts the customers attention. It's located at the corner on a major street, which is a great place to attract attention.
We sit at our table. A basket of tortilla chips and two salsa dips in gravy boats were brought out. The chips definitely tasted like it was made in-house. For the salsa dips, one was a green dip with a touch of lemon to it and a red dip that had a little kick of heat, but you'd barely even know it was there. They also brought out two little mini tostadas for us to munch on while we waited for our meals.
My friend ordered the Tostada Chicken Salad from the lunch specials. It is served in large tostada bowl with mixed greens, grilled chicken, tomato, rice, beans, sour cream, cheese. Tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette.
Chicken was lightly seasoned. Mixed greens over some rice and beans. It was a good combination of salt, savory and sour.
I ordered the Burrito Vegetariano also from the lunch specials. This had sauteed vegetables, rice, beans, sour cream, queso fresco, avocado wrapped in a flour tortilla. Garnished with diced tomatoes.
I loved this dish. It was either that or I was really hungry. Rice was well cooked. Not crunchy or undercooked. It's got a nice chewy texture that blended well with the beans. The veggie medley inside was tasty. I liked that there was a lot of zucchini in it. The sour cream was not overpowering the subtle flavors of the veggies. I added some of the salsa dips to give the tortilla a little more taste. Torillas can sometimes taste a bit bland.
Service was quick and waiter was courteous as well. Overall for the price we paid, it was an enjoyable, filling meal.
Jenn's rating: (10 being the best) 7 of 10