Last Friday before the Main Street festivities (including the Patriotic Pooch Parade), we decided to do dinner at Esparza’s. We’ve been here quite a few times before so it was high time to return and write a proper review.
I have always considered Esparza’s a good place to take visitors because it’s a very nice location, in a charming old house just off Main Street. It has a lot of personality. I never did think, however, that they have the best Mexican food Grapevine has to offer. While I still don’t consider them the best we have, I enjoyed my meal on this most recent visit more than I have in a while.
First, the chips and salsa. I remembered their salsa being on the bland side, definitely not an asset. Last Friday, though, I found it had more heat than I remembered and was pleasantly surprised. I’m thinking they may have changed their recipe for the better.
We also got one of their famous margaritas (for me; a swirl) and a beer for Jason. I have always thought Esparza’s margaritas were one of the highlights of eating there. This time did not disappoint; it was as tasty as ever (A word of warning; I do believe their margaritas are on the strong side, as evidenced by their note on the menu that they will not serve you more than three of them if you are not also eating a meal).
Along with the drinks and the chips and salsa we decided to share an order of tacos al carbon. I find that most of the time, if you have drinks and chips at a Mexican place, sharing an entree is a great idea. This was just about enough food. The tacos had flavorful, tender meat and were not at all greasy. We also ordered a side of guacamole to go with it; this particular meal came with guacamole, but I find that’s something you can never have too much of.
In the past I have also really enjoyed their quesadillas as well as their taco salad.
One reason I consider Esparza’s a good place to bring visitors is that they have a nice patio, with fans and misters to try to beat the summer heat. Unfortunately, you can’t order food on the patio, but if you just want a drink and some chips, it is a nice place to hang out.
Esparza’s is definitely long on charm and in a great location, near the downtown area. The food on this last visit was better than I remembered as well and I am sure we will be back soon.