This past weekend we had a final dinner at a Henderson Avenue spot that Gary and I both loved, though admittedly hadn’t visited in a while. Cafe San Miguel opened their doors on lower Henderson Ave. about 6 years ago, when the neighborhood had really just started changing, and old haunts like Louie’s still packed in the locals for strong drinks and tasty pizza. At the time, owner Hugo Galvan wanted to create an authentic Mexican restaurant bringing distinct and flavorful Latin and Mexican influenced food to the area. When it opened it was one of the fanciest spots around. Now, the area has become over run with trendy bars and night spots, hectic parking, and boozy crowds, making it hard for this family friendly spot to exist. And so, with sadness, Hugo and his sweet wife said good-bye to loyal customers and old friends who popped in over the weekend to enjoy bowls of their amazing guacamole with house made corn tortillas and sip strong margaritas and Pomeritas one last time.
Though in our own hood, Gary and I hadn’t been there for a few years, but when hearing of their closing we wanted to say a farewell and a thank you, and enjoy one last meal at Cafe San Miguel.
Creamy, spicy, rich, made to order guacamole started us off, paired with a top shelf Margarita that Gary asked our server to create….and indeed she did, since we later learned the bartender had already said his goodbyes, while I had a lush, citrus filled, medium bodied Natura Organic Chilean Chardonnay. Over dinner we sipped a Mexican wine…when in Rome afterall, called Casa Madero Casa Grande Gran Reserva Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. A good food wine, filled with lots of bold red fruit, spice and leather notes, which we both were impressed with especially when pairing it with our spicy dinner.
Chicostillas for Gary – slow cooked pork spareribs in a smokey guajillo sauce; and a steamy bowl of arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) soup with lots of kick from spicy salsa verde. Everything was delicious, fresh and healthy, with smiling service and thankful hosts. So sad to see this neighborhood treasure leave us.
The up side, Hugo does have another spot in Fort Worth near University called Hacienda San Miguel, which he says is doing very well…..we may have to take a road trip to Fort Worth.