On Friday night, I discovered strong margaritas and tasty Mexican fare in a hidden location. Nestled away in Teele Square, Rudy's Cafe is one hidden gem worth visiting.
On the exterior, Rudy's is easy to miss. The only sign of life is the neon "Rudy's" sign on one of the windows. Upon walking inside, however, it's apparent that this busy, brightly-colored restaurant is not to be missed.
My cousin and I sat at the bar for a casual meal, which started with complimentary tortilla chips and spicy, fresh salsa. For my first beverage, I went with a Horny Toad margarita ($7.76), made with Sauza Hornitos tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice.
Rudy's has a lot of creative margaritas - including my second of the night, the Calientes Margarita ($7.06), made with jalapeno tequila, triple sec and lime juice - but I'm glad I went with the Horny Toad for my first beverage. It was sweet and strong without being overly sour. Just the way I like it!
For my entree, I went with the Spinach Quesadilla ($9.50), which was highly recommended by my cousin. Filled with sauteed fresh spinach, black beans, cheeses, chipotle chilies and feta cheese, this was one uniquely delicious Mexican dish. I loved the combination of the black beans with the spinach and creamy feta.
The menu describes the tortilla as a "spinach tortilla," but that did not seem to be the case. Regardless, the dish tasted fine as it was. I also ordered a small side of guacamole ($1.75) to go with my quesadilla. Ordering guacamole is always a good decision.
Our bartender/waiter also helped to make our meal that much better. He was charismatic, attentive and enthusiastic. I'll definitely be going back to Rudy's!
What hidden gems have you discovered lately?