After realizing our kids take up all of our time and we rarely get any time to ourselves, my wife and I decided to make more of an effort to find time for just the two of us. As part of this, we decided to drop the kids off at my parents’ house Saturday afternoon and have some lunch together.
I originally intended on taking her to the Chinese restaurant we usually go to. But, on the way there, we passed La Tapatia Bar & Grill. Ever since it opened up (in the former Larson’s Restaurant), we have been talking about visiting it. And, since I really wasn’t overly thrilled about Chinese again, we decided to go for it and I circled around.
When we pulled into the parking lot (which still has the annoyingly small parking spots that we used to have to contend with when it was Larson’s), I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. My wife and I both like Mexican food and several of our friends have dined at this restaurant and liked it. However, I was a bit concerned it wouldn’t live up to their descriptions and a little worried that it would end up costing us more than I had planned on spending.
We entered the building and I was pleased to see they didn’t go overboard with the remodeling and the former Larson’s building still looked like a restaurant. This was important because I have gone to plenty of so-called Bar & Grills that weren’t anything more than a neighborhood bar that made burgers or brats and was glad this really was a sit-down restaurant that I could bring my kids to (if either of them ate Mexican food, that is).
The atmosphere of the restaurant was much better than I was expecting. I loved the decorations, including the salt & pepper shakers (Coronita beer bottles) and comfortable booths (which were raised so we could see out the window). My only complaint would be the music, which was OK but kind of loud for a restaurant.
The food was also fantastic. I ordered a shrimp entrée that came with re-fried beans and rice and my wife ordered a Mexican salad. There was enough in terms of quantity for us to have leftovers and it tasted great.
Even the service got high grades. Everyone who passed our table checked in on us and I loved how we got a bit of authenticity when they spoke in English but threw in some Spanish (common words like por favor, gracious, etc); something that just added to the overall atmosphere.
What really shocked me about this restaurant though was our bill. My wife ordered a “pink Cadillac” with her dinner, which is an alcoholic beverage that cost us $5.50. Even with that, our lunch only came to $23; roughly what we would have spent if we would have gone to the Chinese restaurant and well within my budget.
As I said before, I had some doubts when we first decided to have lunch at La Tapatia Bar & Grill. But, after dining there, I now consider this one of my favorite restaurants in Beaver Dam. If you haven’t had a chance to dine here yet, I would recommend it.