I like to think of myself as a “Quesadilla Conosur” :). I seek out quesadillas at new places I go to, especially when I am not sure what to try from the menu. A lot of times, ordering the quesadilla is the litmus test I use because it is such a simple item to prepare and if the restaurant botches that up, then my expectations are set pretty low for whatever else is on the menu. Cause, really, there isn’t much to it right?!
- chicken (or beef, or shrimp or lobster)
- cheese (oh yes, the ever tasty cheese)
- sour cream (i’ll have a short rant on this, so bare with me.)
So, I ordered the chicken quesadillas from the Palapa Bar & Grill in San Pedro. It was my first time here to grab a bite during lunch. Nice spot to just grab a drink as well. Their deck is over the water and what view in San Pedro doesn’t look spectacular? So there I was, with a cold Belikin in hand and then i saw, Chicken Quesadillas, so I ordered that for lunch.
A short while later my order arrived in a basket and my first impression was.. niiiiice. 🙂 See, while the ingredients to putting together a Chicken Quesadilla are simple enough, the difference comes with HOW you put those ingredients together. The tortillas needs to be on point. Not too soft or else it falls apart but not too crisp that it crumbles. There needs to be a good balance between cheese and chicken. More cheese than chicken and you might find yourself hunting for the meat. The salsa needs to be just the right amount or else you have a soggy mess that is dripping all over the place. All those things coming together make the Chicken Quesadilla juuuust riiiight and when you get it just right, it is puuuurfect.
Needless to say, Palapa Bar & Grill got it juuuust riiiight ;). The tortillas tasted fresh and were done to perfection, even giving me just the right amount of crisp. Biting into the hot serving gave me the right portions of chicken to cheese with the perfect amount of salsa to set things off. Oh and the sour cream.. YES!! (Here goes that rant i was warning you about). REAL SOUR CREAM!! What is with places that try to cheap you out with some liquid white mess that is more like just cream?! NO MAN! Gimme sour cream! The real deal! Palapa Bar & Grill got major thumbs up from me when I noticed the real sour cream.
I was more than satisfied with lunch. It was enough food for the big eater in me and at a reasonable price along with a gorgeous view. I shall return to try something else from the menu… but I might also order the Chicken Quesadillas again because those were puuuuurfect 😉
- go early for lunch if you can. It is a nice spot and you want to get there early before more people show up.
- Go eat on the deck. It is beautiful.
- Ask for a sharpie. Yes, a sharpie. You will immediately notice that all over Palapa Bar & Grill has graffiti. So leave your mark as well for prosperity 😉
RESTAURANT: Palapa Bar & Grill
LOCATION: On the beach, just ask anyone.