Andrea’s View: Hello everyone! I hope that this summer has treated you well. Dave and I have been extremely busy this summer, hence no new posts. Don’t fret though, we haven’t turned into anorexics or anything, we just haven’t been on any adventures, but now that fall is just around the corner, let the adventures begin again.
After a long day of unsuccessful and unproductive furniture shopping, Dave and I showed up at La Mulita in Sobro very tired, irritated, and hangry. We walked into the empty dining area (it was two in the afternoon) still bitching at each other and sat down. Our server/bartender gingerly approached us and asked if we wanted to order drinks. Yes please. I took a quick glance at the cocktail menu and ordered the margarita, Dave ordered a beer. She came back a few minutes later with Dave’s beer and a perfectly crafted drink with orange blossom, fresh squeezed lime juice, triple sec, and tequila in a real glass (not a fish bowl glass), with plenty of salt on the rim served on the rocks. Thank you bartender lady. We then ordered the croquetas de pollo to start, not even really knowing what they were.
As we were sipping our much deserved drinks, I starting looking around the completely empty restaurant, enjoying the come as you are, easy, and relaxed atmosphere. There was a good mix of picnic tables, bar tables, bar stools and TVs in the dining area. I also noticed and was very jealous of the purse hooks installed at the bar. We had no such hooks, and since our table sat against a wall, I might suggest that La Mulita add some purse hooks for the tables too. I know it is a small thing, but I don’t like putting my purse on the floor. Besides, having my purse at table level makes it easier to get into when Dave asks for a pen, or my phone, or the camera, or a Swiss Army knife, or any other small or large gadget Dave thinks I carry around in my magical purse. Anyway, I digress, and you probably only want to know what we had to eat and if it was good.
So, the croquestas de pollo turned out to be hush puppy-ish, chicken filled, wonderfully spiced nuggets of goodness served with an aioli. Even the aioli was good, and I normally don’t care for nor try aiolis. I also ordered the cochinita pibil cemita, which is fancy Spanish for pulled pork served with slaw and pickled red onions. Very simple, but fantastic. The pork was spiced differently than barbeque pulled pork, but it was comforting and familiar at the same time. Dave and I split an order of plantain chips, which were cut length-wise and deep-fried. Some were tender, and some were very crisp, but all were very tasty.
I do have to mention that Dave and I were a little hesitant to visit La Mulita. It is the sister restaurant of the neighboring Delicia. If you are a regular reader, you may remember that we did not enjoy our experience at Delicia. We found Delicia stuffy, pretentious, and unwelcoming. Our afternoon at La Mulita was quite the opposite. This was relaxed and friendly. We could have stayed all afternoon. And if we lived within walking distance, we probably would have.
Dave’s View: Andrea and I went to La Mulita which is located right next door to Delicia. They are owned by the same company and if you’ve read our other blog about Delicia you might think we would be bias towards this place since our review of Delicia wasn’t particularly positive. But put the bias aside, La Mulita is the place to get simple meals and drinks without the pretentiousness of Delicia. Now, grant you, we were the only two people in the place at the time, but our bartender/server was so kind and generous, it made me forget the uneasiness of Delicia.
So first off, Andrea and I had to have an argument over my eyesight. I can’t see in the dark well. Okay, let me rephrase that, I can’t see in dim lighted restaurants well. Yes, there was plenty of lighting in this restaurant, but none over our table, except a half of a coffee can light fixture with poked holes in it.
Loved the coffee can fixture, but I can’t see. I had to get up and walk towards the front of the place to read the menu, while hearing Andrea bitch and complain about my eyesight. I finally figured out what I wanted and Andrea and I sat at our table, while our bartender kindly and patiently waited for us to stop bitching at each other. She walked over to our table and this is what we ordered:
Croquetas DePollo: Sort of like a chicken hush puppy. Nice, hot, tender with a hint of parsley. It comes with some aioli sauce, which I do not like mayo based sauces or mayo on anything at all, but this sauce was fantastic. It tasted fresh and homemade. Not like the manufactured aioli sauces we’ve tasted in the past.
A side of plantain chips: The plantains are the “big” type and sliced sideways. Your first chip maybe crisp and tasty, and then your second chip maybe firm, flimsy, and tasty. It doesn’t matter, both chips have excellent taste and the going from crisp to flimsy adds to the adventure. If after a while the chips are getting somewhat “boring” for you, up kick it with some of the liquid “death” concoction they serve on the table. Looks like homemade red-hot sauce served in a clear ketchup bottle, but beware, the stuff is potent. It will make you get another beer!
For the main dish, Mexicano Dog: Basically a large beef link served with tons of pico de gallo, guacamole and carmelized onions. It’s like the Bugatti of hot dogs. When you first get this dog, make sure you thin out the pico de gallo. The restaurant piles the pico on high, then adds carmelized onions to your misery. It’s misery you’re going to like, so just shut up and eat it. While you’re at it, put some of that “death” concoction on it and you’ll be twice as miserable, but you’ll like it.
The inside of the place is very minimalistic and looks like the same company or person who did the insides of Bakersfield Mass Ave Restaurant. Rusty steel panels line the wall with half coffee cans lighting above the tables. One area has some string lighting and the bar has a nice centrally located mirror. One aspect that Andrea pointed out to me and probably most women would love is the addition of purse hooks underneath their bar seats at the bar. Actually something so simple and practical, I can’t believe more restaurants don’t add this inexpensive feature.
Service: 9.5 Food: 9 Ambiance: 9 Total: 27.5 out of 30
$40-$50 with adult beverages.