10 Wyndham Street North
In her opinion:
We wanted to keep it local since we have recently blogged about two awesome Toronto restaurants. So instead of going to Waterloo, we drove the opposite direction to Guelph. Urbanspoon came to the rescue with their top 10 list of the best Guelph restaurants. So we decided that the number 2 choice would be our pick - Salsateria.
Downtown Guelph has been changing and morphing into a lovely spot with some very nice spaces to eat. Salsateria is right in the heart of the action! This is a nice big space with a small patio.
There was no room on the patio so we took a table by the open window. Our waitress came to take our drink order right away. I ordered the Spiked Strawberry Lemonade.
This was an awesome drink for only $4.75. It was a sparkling lemon with strawberry flavour, vodka and chopped strawberries. Very refreshing and absolutely delicious.
We decided to order an appetizer to start out our meal. We ordered the "Antojitos". This was served with sour cream, guacamole and house made fresh salsa.
These little snacks were absolutely delectable. The cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salsa, black olive combo was so so good. I enjoyed this appetizer very much.
For my main, I picked the "Beef Steak Taco Thali". This was a deconstructed taco plate with steak cooked in what seemed like an adobe sauce, green salsa, guacamole, tomato, lettuce, onion, Mexican cheese and sour cream based sauce all in a thali dish. It came with six tortillas.
This was very good. I enjoyed the dish very much. Basically it's a make your own taco plate. The meat was flavourful. The guacamole and green salsa were both outstanding. I enjoyed the cheese...not to powerful. The sour cream sauce was very good. Overall, a very good dish.
I enjoyed our dinner at Salsateria. The service was good, the food was good and I enjoyed the atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Mexican food even vegans and vegetarians!!
In his opinion:
Salsateria is situated in the old "Van Gogh's Ear" location, which has great corner location of Wyndham and MacDonnel Streets, smack dab in downtown Guelph.
The only Mexican like restaurant I knew in the downtown area was Gringo's Burritos, and that is long time gone, so I welcomed the idea of traditional Mexican food in the downtown area.
I must admit that the improvements in downtown Guelph have been very impressive. The look and feel of the downtown area is much improved with the recent revamp of Carden Street and the splash pad added.
Salsateria is a very big space and feels like a mix of sports bar, Mexican tienda and futuristic diner with those round booths. Somehow, it works together and makes for an inviting place. There is also a nice patio wrapped around the restaurant.
The Antojitos that we had for an appetizer were very good. Add a good dose of salsa, guacamole and sour cream as dips and this dish was elevated to much higher ground.
I got myself a Mill St. Organic to start (I know, very Mexican LOL) and browsed the menu for some treats. I wanted to stay away form the usual burritos, quesadillas type and settled on having the Chicken Chimichangas.
The plate was a good portion, pico de gallo was extremely tasty and went awesome with the rice. The salad was regular but plentiful. The chimichangas were good, the tortilas were a bit dry, overcooked (fried) perhaps but the overall taste was great. The chimichangas were topped off with some sour cream and refried beans, instead of the traditional avocado mix or cheese.
The Good: This restaurant, although not traditional, does have a decent amount of Mexican flair. Food was good and tasty. Service was excellent!
The Bad: Location attracts some "locals" to the patio and they stay there all day. We ate inside!!!
The Verdict: Good to have a decent Mexican place in Guelph and with the pub/good food mix it should do well.
I give it 2 1/2 olives out of 5 as rating