Loco Lizard Cantina – Re-Visiting a Local Favorite
The Loco Lizard Cantina at Kimball Junction in Park City is one of the restaurants that Casey and I visit on a regular basis. We don’t go every week, but we make it there about once a month or so. Why do we keep coming back? The Loco Lizard is reasonably priced for Park City, the food comes out fresh and fast, and you get bottomless chips and salsa (2 kinds!). What more could you want from a Mexican restaurant?
Casey and I visited Loco Lizard again this week. For a Tuesday night in the off season, there were plenty of people in the restaurant, which means other locals share similar feelings about Loco. This was to be one of the last warm nights of the summer, so we decided to sit outside on the patio. Although it’s located in the strip mall behind Wendy’s, the patio is surrounded by a high fence that blocks out the surroundings. The fountain and spacious table arrangements make it the best place to sit in the entire restaurant.
Less than a minute after being seated, we were presented a bucket of fresh, warm, homemade tortilla chips and two kinds of salsa. If you’ve never had fresh tortilla chips, you are in for a treat. The chips at Loco Lizard are light and perfectly crispy, making them impossible to stop eating. On top of that, the two kinds of homemade salsas are so popular they sell them by the pint. The roasted tomato and garlic salsa tastes slightly different every time I visit because they use a mixture of roasted peppers. It has a slightly sweet and smokey flavor that you won’t find in many other salsas. The other salsa is a tomatillo and avocado salsa that is green, creamy, and contains just the right amount of spice.
If you still have room left after the free chips and salsa, the entrees at Loco Lizard do not disappoint. Dinner entrees range in price from $7.99 to $15.99, making it one of Park City’s best values in casual dining. The lunch menu is even more reasonable. Highlights include massive combination platters, two kinds of chicken molés, enchilada Suizas, and amazing carnitas. The best thing about Loco Lizard is their passion for fresh ingredients and their ability to make most everything on the menu from scratch, in house. They even have someone pressing out tortilla dough all night long so you can be sure your tortilla is never more than a few minutes old.
This particular night Casey ordered her usual, which is the Ensalada de Camarones. It features barbecued shrimp, avocado, a corn salsa, and an excellent vinaigrette. I decided to go with an enchilada combination, with one Enchilada Suiza and one Enchilada Bahia. This platter, like most plates comes with rice and your choice of beans. The Enchilada Suiza has a rich, white sour cream sauce and is stuffed with green chiles, chicken and cheese. It’s amazing. The Enchilada Bahia is has a pinkish Chipotle sauce which is also creamy. It does pack some heat, but it is balanced by a smokey and creamy mushroom sauce. Our entrees took only about 5 minutes to prepare, and we were stuffed and satisfied in no time.
If you still have room for dessert, you have to try the Tres Leches chocolate cake. It is mind blowing. No really, you will come back just for this cake. Picture a black, dark chocolate cake covered in rich, dark chocolate frosting, that has been soaking in sweet milk for the last day or so. It is so rich and moist I can’t even describe it. Not only that, but it is served with additional tres leches milk for dipping. Just go try it…you’ll thank me later.
So, if you are looking for a great, locally owned Park City sit-down restaurant without Main Street prices, look no further than the Loco Lizard. Did I mention their extensive margarita selection? How about the 25 ingredients that go into their homemade Mole Poblano? What about the nacho appetizer that consists of individual chips, smothered in goodness like little pizza slices? I could go on and on…
For more info on the Loco Lizard including menus, maps, and specials, check out Ski Town Restaurants.