Reyes Adobe in Park City Brings Flavorful Mexican to Main Street
With the recent closings of La Casita and Cafe Sabor, there was a hole left in the Park City Mexican restaurant scene. Zona Rosa on Main Street is always a strong contender for our least favorite restaurant in town, so that leaves Baja Cantina at Park City Mountain (dependable Americanized Mexican, great for Apres ski) or El Chubasco (for a more casual, order at the counter meal). If you want to venture to Kimball Junction, Loco Lizard is a good choice for a sit down meal, but where are you going to go in town for a nice, authentic Mexican dinner? Say hello to Reyes Adobe.
Owners Robert Reyes and Genevieve Candelaria bring a passion for fresh, flavorful, and authentic Mexican specialties to Main Street. Opening their restaurant in the old location of La Casita at 710 Main Street was going to be a challenge from day one. La Casita did not have many local fans in Park City, and they would have to overcome the impressions people have of eating lackluster Mexican food in that location.
Casey and I visited Reyes Adobe this past week, and upon entering we were immediately impressed by what they had done with the space. Gone were the rainbow colors of La Casita. The dining room had been transformed into a warm space, with red linen table cloths and walls in various shades of brown. The bright blue chairs match the napkins, which oddly enough seems to work in this space. You can see into the kitchen through glass dividers that cut down on the noise level while still keeping the restaurant open.
We took our seats at the front table, which has great views of the crowds walking on Main Street. The snow was coming down pretty heavily that night, which made for excellent people watching. One of the servers brought us out a basket of warm tostada flats and two kinds of salsas to begin the meal. The red salsa was served warm, and packed some heat. The green salsa was creamy and cold, with an obvious avocado base. Both were excellent, although we both mentioned that some homemade, warm tortilla chips would have been much better that breaking apart thin tostada flats.
The drink menus are substantial, and feature a wide selection of margaritas. Since this is their house specialty, Casey went with a standard house marg, blended, and I went with the Blue Cadillac on the rocks. Mine came with Cuervo, Cointreau, and Blue Curacao. Both were good margaritas for their price ranges.
The menu at Reyes Adobe features all the traditional Mexican dishes like fajitas, burritos, chimis, and combination plates. There is also a large Specialties section, with their famous Carne Asada, as well as more eclectic dishes like Caldo de 7 Mares (a soup with seven kinds of seafood) and Pescado y Camarones a la Veracruzana (a light salmon and shrimp dish).
To begin our meal, we were guided to the Salads on the menu, with special emphasis on the Strawberry Salad. We decided to share this salad as an appetizer, but when it came out it was clear that this could have easily been one of our entrees. This large salad features warm grilled chicken, an abundance of fresh sliced strawberries, asiago cheese, nuts, and a house-made sweet strawberry dressing. What a way to start our meal! This would make an excellent lunch salad, and I will be back to try it again.
For the entrees, our server recommended the Shrimp and Steak Fajitas, along with their Carnitas Platter. Like any good fajita, the plate came out sizzling, drawing glances from every table in the restaurant. The accompanying smell was amazing. Apparently the smell traveled around the dining room, because a guest from another table came over to see what we were having. The Carnitas plate was enormous, and it was very clear that we were not going to even come close to eating all of this food. We were also presented fresh corn and flour tortillas, along with numerous sides like Mexican vegetable rice and a smokey pork stew.
The carnitas were tender, the tortillas were warm and fresh, but let’s get down to the highlight of the entire meal: the Carne Asada on the fajita plate. I’ve had Carne Asada all over this country, but this may be the best I’ve ever tasted. It was perfectly cooked, extremely tender, not chewy, and just slightly charred on the outside. i don’t know what they season or marinate the steak in, but the flavor was outstanding. I am not just saying this; the Carne Asada at Reyes Adobe is the real deal. I pestered the owner to give up their secret, but to no avail. Reyes Adobe is worth trying out just for the Carne Asada. Seriously.
We made a slight dent in our entrees and then packed up a couple large to-go containers for meals later in the week. On to dessert. Genevieve decided it would be a good idea for us to try two of their signature desserts. Two! I barely had room left for a few spoonfuls. Never the less, a few minutes later we were presented with a chocolate and strawberry Tres Leches cake, as well as Mexican Cheesecake Chimichangas with strawberry sauce. That’s right, it is essentially fried cheesecake wedges, and it is as good as you think it is. My favorite was the Tres Leches however, and I can still taste the creamy, moist cake with sweet milk frosting.
Reyes Adobe exceeded our expectations on all fronts. The atmosphere was tasteful and appropriate for the price range, the service was prompt and knowledgeable (despite it being a new restaurant), and the food was outstanding. All of our dishes were fresh, and most of all, extremely flavorful. This is not your typical bland, cheese drenched, Americanized Mexican food. But again, you must try the Carne Asada. You can thank me later.
Reyes Adobe is located at 710 Main Street, in the Marriott walk. They are open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Dinner entrees range from $12 – $24, and most drinks are in the $6 – $12 range. With the busy holiday weeks approaching, you may want to give them a call first: 435-604-0720.
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