I've been to Consuelo's Kitchen a couple times and I'll have to say it's the most pleasant place to eat ever. I didn't ask if the lady that greeted us at the door was Consuelo but she's been there both times. It's like coming home to happy mom that wants to feed you and see you happy. How can that ever be bad?
Consuelo's offers something between TexMex and Mexican cooking. Keep in mind I know very little about Mexican cooking so slack please. The menu seems to be what I see at other Mexican, not TexMex, restaurants with the tacos, enchiladas, and various steak and chicken plates. I've been trying to work through this style of menu as Steph and I try the various places around town so maybe one day I'll be able to tell you how each restaurant differentiates itself. Or should I say, what dish is special.
At Consuelo's I'm going to say the Tacos Campesinos were my special dish of the evening. The beef was tender and succulent lying on fresh made tortillas. I added some salsa and lime juice to add an extra level of taste to them. I picked refried beans and rice for my sides. I loved the beans, they were just honest cooking but still full of flavor. The rice was just as honest. Not overly spiced or full of other things to take away from it's flavor. I enjoyed every bite.
Steph had the Queso fresco enchiladas but with the chile con carne sauce. She said they were wonderful with plenty of cheese and a well seasoned chili sauce that made that perfect blend of flavors. She didn't say much about the black beans or the rice but she ate quite a bit of both so she had to like them.
As you would imagine the service is excellent. In fact as we were leaving a group of people came in and it was right at closing time. They were nice enough to ask when she closed and were told "we normally close the kitchen at 8:45 but let me get you some menus. You can sit wherever you like." Now that's a welcoming and wonderful way to treat a customer. That action alone would convince me to come back again and again.
So to all those cynics in town, I dare you to go to La Cocina de Consuelo and not be happy. And I apologize to Consuelo if I send her a bunch of grumps.