If I had to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, hands down, it would be Mexican.
In fact, Mexican food is such a passion we try to eat at one Mexican restaurant no matter where we go. Yes, that means I’ve eaten Mexican food not only in Mexico and the United States, but also countries not known for their Mexican-fare, like Canada and Greece!
I’ll admit, this visit to La Hacienda de los Fernandez isn’t my first. We end up here at least once a month. The reason?
The food is consistently some of the best in the area!
Clearly others agree with me, because there are three locations for the La Hacienda family of restaurants — one in Naperville (our usual haunt), one in Addison, and one in Deer Park.
The Naperville location is probably one of the prettiest Mexican restaurant interiors I’ve been in. Hanging above the main dining area are bejeweled, multi-pointed star light fixtures, that I would love to find a place for in my own home. The furniture is solid wood – no ticky-tacky multi-colored furniture. Stone and wrought iron accents, give the restaurant a comfortable but upscale feel.
The best part, at least for the Naperville location, we’ve never had to wait for a table, even on a Friday evening – even when we’ve come in with a group of 15! The place is big! Below is the center dining area. There is more dining space to the left and to the right.
As with most other Mexican restaurants, La Hacienda starts you off with complimentary chips and salsa. They have a hot and a mild. Both are delicious. However, sometimes (like last night) the staff forgets to give one or the other. If you have a preference, and don’t get one or the other served with your chips, be sure to ask for it.
Also, typically, all meals at dinner time start with a little cup of chicken tortilla soup. For some reason, last night, we didn’t get soup. I didn’t think about it until after the meal.
Once I remembered, I was kind of sad. It’s really good soup!
Although we weren’t able to start with soup this visit, there’s also another great liquid to start your meal off with.. . drinks! I’m a big fan of their mojitos. They’re not too sweet and very refreshing.
Of course, the pomegranate margaritas are a favorite too. It’s a nice twist on this Mexican classic. My suggestion? Try one of each, if you have someone who can drive you home afterward.
Of course, while the drinks are great – the food is phenomenal!
This visit, I had the Carne a la Tampiquena. Marinated and super-tender skirt steak (carne asada), served alongside an enchilada of your choice. I typically go for the cheese enchilada.
Served with rice and beans, and a side of guacamole, this is one of my go-to meals at La Hacienda. I’ve had carne asada at numerous other restaurants, and it really can be hit or miss. Carne asada should be tender. I’ve had some where I had to double check the menu to make sure it didn’t say “shoe leather asada.” Never had this problem though at La Hacienda. They clearly have a superior meat supplier.
Normally, the Carne a la Tampiquena also comes with either flour or corn tortillas. I had to remind my server to bring the tortillas (which is why they aren’t pictured). Regretfully, I was almost done with my meal, before he brought the tortillas.
After a dozen plus/minus visits to La Hacienda, I’ve learned one thing —
The service at La Hacienda is hit or miss, but the food is always fabulous!
I suppose that’s why we keep going back.