I was so exhausted yesterday in all ways and came as close to canceling out on going to supper in Monticello as I could be. And then, as if it were encouraging my decision, the wind suddenly began whirling branches about, whipping even the strong and sturdy magnolia tree and I thought- oh well, we need to stay home and be safe.
But Mr. Moon was in a mood and of a mind to go out. He reminded me- no cooking, no dishes, plus he wanted to give Lon a bottle of bourbon. As the weather got weirder and weirder, we decided to make a drink and sit on the front porch and watch it for a few minutes to see what it was going to do.
So we did.
We were rocking and talking and the wind was still gusty but it didn't look like it was going to rain when all of a sudden, a lighting bolt and giant clap of thunder occurred at the same time, so close that for a second we weren't quite sure we were still alive.
Of course we were, but it was enough to get my adrenaline screaming and as suddenly as the weather had come, it went.
"Okay," I said. "I'll go get dressed."
The Mexican restaurant in Monticello has been there for years. Many years. It's been housed in an old wood-frame building, nothing special at all but it's definitely the longest-running eating establishment in town. The joke of course is that it's the best Mexican restaurant in town because it's the only Mexican restaurant in town but it's always had decent food. Of course they'd tried to fancy it up a little with Tex Mex decor here and there on the walls but at heart, it was a very plain and simple dining area and I'm sure the kitchen had its own funky problems as old kitchens will.
Several years ago, the owners of the restaurant began to build a new building across the street from Rancho Grande. It went up slowly and reminded me of how they build houses sometimes in Cozumel in the 'hood which is basically, every paycheck that comes in buys something needed for the construction like a few cement blocks or a pane of glass and it may take years and years to build a simple concrete and rebar home. But this building looked to be far grander than anything as simple as that and certainly far grander than the original restaurant. A floor appeared, then walls, doors, windows...
Slowly, the work was done.
And miraculously, it opened last year during the time of covid. I had not been to the new place until last night, although I'd driven by it and when we walked in, I was astounded.
We found Lon and Lis who had somehow gotten a booth and already had chips and salsa and refried black bean dip in front of them. Lis had a margarita. It was all so beautiful. Every table had artwork on it. Every chair too. Pictures on the walls, Talavera tile in abundance (and that stuff is not cheap), just the prettiest and definitely most colorful restaurant you can imagine. We all ended up with margaritas and our server was amazing. I wanted to adopt her and bring her home. She entertained us all evening. And she hustled. The menu was vast, our food came out far more quickly than I thought it would, it was so reasonably priced, and it was delicious. Here's what Mr. Moon had.
And then I went into the ladies' room. The floor was a work of art.
Lovely tribute to a great restaurant. I hope they flourish. You too, Madame Mary!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Liz.Delete
blogger is being a dick these days.ReplyDelete
This post , the restaurant is so gorgeous, I would ask to work there for free.
Wet kids look like summertime- it has yet to arrive here.
Blogger is being a dick these days. No offense to those of you who have said attachments.Delete
Funny- I told Gibson when I hugged him after he got his sunscreen on, "You smell good. Like summer."
what a perfect day! The food looks amazing and hope that restaurant fares well.....it should, given your review! And a baptism in the Wascissa to boot.......lovely day.ReplyDelete
It was. Really.Delete
Another visit from Ms Moon.... your posts feel just like a good visit with a friend. The restaurant looks wonderful and the food must have been sublime. And another day with grands, nothing better!ReplyDelete
Grands here as we speak. But just two so far.Delete
That restaurant is a work of wonder. I am impressed.ReplyDelete
Nothing wrong with this post ... That restaurant is beautiful ... muy bonito! The tiling ... OMG!ReplyDelete
Can you believe that?Delete
I would be completely in love with that restaurant! All that beautiful tile and colorful artwork is just....splendid. And Mr. Moon's food looks pretty good, too!ReplyDelete
I plan on eating there a lot. It's just such a great experience.Delete
That restaurant is beautiful, especially the sink. It sounds like it was a very good day filled with friends and family and blue skies. A damn near perfect day.ReplyDelete
Exactly. Damn near perfect.Delete
Not too long for me...I enjoyed every word and picture. The detail in that floor is incredible! The food, drinks and company all sounded delightful. And No Dishes! Lightning is scary, glad it didn't get yall!ReplyDelete
The lightening was a little too close for comfort. Isn't that floor just gorgeous? Of course, the company was the best.Delete
Oh that restaurant is just stunning. I love, love, love bright colours and those colours put me in mind of north Africa (Morocco in particular). Just beautiful!ReplyDelete
I do so love cultures that are NOT AFRAID OF COLOR! I feel most comfortable in that sort of surrounding.Delete
The format looks fine to me. I love the restaurant, LOVE it. The colours, the tiles, the overall cheerfulness. Mr Moon's dinner looks yummy.ReplyDelete
Yes, when I hit "publish" it seemed to straighten itself out somewhat.Delete
Yeah, I think the format turned out OK. That restaurant is beautiful! I love how colorful it is with all the artwork on the chairs and tables. I know where I want to go next time I'm in town. :)ReplyDelete
I will so happily take you there, Steve! I hope it's not too long until you visit again.Delete
I am in love with that restaurant. I want to live there. I love those chairs and I want that bathroom to be my bathroom. And the Wacissa, well, you know how I feel about that. I got nothing out here but corn and cotton fields. How the hell did I end up here of all possible places?ReplyDelete
You know, Ellen, as much as I do love many things about North Florida, I'm not sure how I ended up here either. A man was involved and then children. And this is how roots grow.Delete
Wow, that looks like a wonderful place to eat! I can see why it is so popular. Lovely! Time with friends and then family - you had a great post to share!ReplyDelete
I'm sure that the people in Monticello are just charmed to pieces by this new restaurant with familiar faces working.Delete