The Enchiladas Mole Poblano consisted of three soft rolled corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, topped with mole poblano, sesame seeds and soft white cheese, as well as rice and re-fried beans as sides.
The mole poblano was dark and rich, steeped in flavor with an almost smokey quality, while the chicken inside; moist and delectable.
Entering Tequila Sal Y Limon (Tequila, Salt and Lemon), one finds a quiet, casual, and somewhat intimate atmosphere with a small bar and a richly wood-paneled dining room. Colorful images and statues of Mayan influence are everywhere, the relevance of many I am sure will be lost upon the mainstream American lunch crowd who are in the mood for a beer and not a history lesson.
The allure of those boyhood memories, good Mexican food and a $10 off coupon were too strong to resist. Off we went.
As we turned onto Orange Street, I could not believe my eyes. It was as if nothing had changed except the establishments' names over the previous forty years. Time momentarily stood still and my grandfather was there in his wool cap and plaid jacket, ready to place his bet on the ponies.
Nestled at the base of the Ramapo Mountains, the village was founded in 1796 by the first judge of Rockland County (1798-1806), John Suffern, who settled in the area in 1773.
Originally referring to the settlement as New Antrim in honor of his former home in County Antrim, Ireland, it wasn't long before the area John Suffern chose to settle attracted the attention of an array of great leaders and key military figures of the mid-18th century.
Today, Suffern's main streets are lined with small shops, restaurants and taverns, and although it's one of Rockland County's more urban villages, it still manages to convey a coziness reminiscent of a village from an earlier era.
As a child, I can remember joyfully leaping into my grandfather's car; driving out of the north Jersey towards this magical far-away place he called Suffern and something my grandfather cheerily referred to as "OTB". I hadn't a clue what OTB was, and truthfully, didn't care as I knew the ride home would most likely be filled with a cheeseburger, fries, and the promise of perhaps, another package of toy dinosaurs or plastic soldiers.
Here, at Tequila Sal Y Limon, while their menu offers an extensive array of tempting South-of-the-Border taste sensations, they keep the descriptions clear, concise and manageable. We quickly decided upon the Enchiladas Mole Poblano and the Chicken Tamales.
The waiter quickly brought a bowl of tortilla chips and salsa as an appetizer. Although I was unimpressed with the chips themselves (I prefer them warm with a hint of salt), the real gem here was hidden in that bowl of salsa. Sweet, fresh cilantro intermingling with the perfect level of spiciness coerced a depth of flavor that more than made up for the bland chips. The addictive nature of this salsa was enough to stick a straw into and call it a day.
All in all, I think the food was presented in an inviting and authentic manner which I enjoyed and would not hesitate to try again; perhaps next time sampling their dinner menu which seemed to have some interesting choices.
I found the gentleman waiting on tables to be professional and courteous, service quick and the prices reasonable.
The only negative I incurred was when it came time to pay the check. It seemed we were unable to utilize the $10 off coupon unless we paid cash, which I thought was somewhat absurd, particularly in light of the fact that it said nothing of the sort on the coupon itself. It kinda felt like an edible bait and switch and left something of a bad taste in my mouth, no pun intended. But a full tummy goes a long way to softening my mood and paid full price with plastic.
Even so, there were too many goods in the experience to dwell on the bad to keep me from another visit. And who knows, maybe next time I'll pay cash.
88 Orange Avenue
Suffern, NY 10901