Fiesta Café and Bar

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Address:
Fiesta Café and Bar, Rochester MN
1645 N Broadway
Rochester, MN
55906-4103
Telephone:
(507) 288-1116

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Hours:
Happy Hour: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Lunch Specials From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Just South of 17th St NE
in Northbrook Shopping Center
On the West side of North Broadway

Atmosphere:
Family Friendly

Cuisine:
Mexican
Each Spanish dish is prepared and served especially for you... nothing precooked or warmed-over.

Parking:
Small Shared Parking Lot.

Dress:
Casual.

Reservations:
Yes

Meeting Room:
No

Smoking Restaurant:
No

Bar:
Yes

Liquor:
Yes

Wheel Chair Accessible:
Yes

Restroom Wheel Chair Accessible:
Yes

Handicap Accessible:
Yes

Take-Out:
Yes

Delivery:
No


Monday September 29th, 2008

We arrived in Rochester for my visit to Mayo Clinic at approximately 5:15 pm, hauled our bags to our room in the Brentwood Inn & Suites and decided to go get a low-sodium dinner, in anticipation for my impending stress test. We decided to try the City Café on 1st Avenue SW, but weren´t successful in finding parking nearby. Then we headed to the Ranch family restaurant on south Broadway, but it had been demolished and the signage said, “Closed for remodeling”. Truly closed – no longer standing! So we headed north on Broadway towards Daube café on Civic Drive, only to arrive to find it was not open. Well, Lou decided to go to the Fiesta Café and Bar, which is the old Fiesta Mexicana – definitely not a real low sodium establishment, but definitely a cuisine that we both enjoy.

We were warmly welcomed and seated immediately even though it was the height of dinner hour 6:15 pm by the time we ended up there. Our server brought us water right away and shortly afterwards brought a basket of chips along with a dish of a very good salsa, with just the right amount of kick. The wait staff was particularly attentive, something that doesn’t happen all that much anymore.

We looked at the menu and while I was sure that Peggy had eaten at the Fiesta Mexicana with me before, she insisted that this was her first time. She does not remember eating here but I do on more than one occasion (probably when I was alone). In the past, it was an average Mexican restaurant.

I ordered the Chimichanga de Papa with black beans and Peggy ordered Caldo de pollo (chicken soup) and the Fiesta Salad.

The Chimichanga de Papa, which is a potato Chimichanga, was tasty and the black beans were a wonderful addition to the Mexican rice that came as part of the plate. It was delicioso and I was very much impressed by the food here this evening.

Peggy’s soup was wonderful and the cup she ordered was a bowl in our universe. It was filled with chicken, zucchini, brown rice, carrots, potatoes, avocado chunks and celery. On top o f the soup was a sprinkling of toasted tortilla slices. The soup was very filling and she could have stopped with the soup, but it was too late to cancel the fiesta salad. When it arrived, it was about twice the size she had anticipated. The platter was covered with spicy, moist chicken chunks and taco seasoned ground beef and she ate more than she should have. The chicken was moist and flavorful and the taco seasoned ground beef delicate and tasty. It came with a generous portion of shredded lettuce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Around the platter’s edge were baked tortilla wedges.

Our meals were both excellent, and we were both impressed with the food, as well as with the attentive and friendly wait staff. We will be coming back here again for sure. As we left, the host called out Buenos Noches! Total cost for dinner for two $26.00 including tip.

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