We got invited out to Little Mexico RVA last night – located at 1328 W Cary St – to test out their new summer menu and it was a lovely culinary trip around Mexico and South America.
I’ll admit, I usually associate the long time Tex-Mex spot with cheap tacos and cheap beers – the last time I was there it ended with a 6 ft. receipt and me apologizing to a family with a small child. But that was a long time ago and it seems both Little Mexico and I have grown up since then.
Either way, I love Mexican food, and as RVA’s competitive Mexican restaurant market heats up, it makes since for Little Mexico to step up their game like they have.
First off was guacamole and chips – the chips here are always choice and this was no different (no need to improve on perfection) – but the addition of fresh mangos to their guac was a real eye opener – the mix of sweet mango and buttery-avocado was light and fresh.
After the guac we found a plate of Mexican Street Elote (corn) before us and it too tasted fresh and crisp. A little spice, with that great grilled-corn flavor. A plate of yucca fries followed up quickly and it was just as quickly devoured – keep in mind these bad boys taste and look like french fries but fill you up twice as much.
One of the highlights of our time at Little Mexico was the spinach and yucca empanada – oh holy god was it amazing. The crust – perfectly crisp fried dough – mixing with the gooey filling – spinach, yucca and queso – was incredible. It was a great treat to say the least.
For dessert, we got a second helping of empanadas (no complaints here) though this time they were sweet and not savory. Filled with guava paste, they tasted like a home-made Fignuten. Guava has that interesting bite to it. It’s sweet, but it’s got a hint of a foreign flavor which sets it apart. Next to it was a scoop of vanilla ice-cream which was melting creating the perfect side-kick to this dessert.
One more thing to recommend – the mixed berry mojito. Rum, simple syrup, mint, and fresh berries came together in an amazing burst of booze-y summer flavor. There were very real chunks of berry (you can see the seeds below) in this baby and it was delicious. My better half and I plan to return to Little Mexico for more of these mojitos if nothing else.