{Review} Chile and Agave Mexican Grill in St. Catherines

Website: http://www.chileandagave.com/
Address: 51 Hartzel Rd., St. Catherines, ON
Cuisine: Mexican
When I visited:
 June 2015, lunch, 3 people
Rating: $$, 3.5

Off a busy street, Chile and Agave was a great place to visit with a decor that felt like I was actually in Mexico. As I stepped into the lobby, I was greeted with a beautiful private room near the entrance and an opened dining space a few steps above.

Private room Chile and Agave

Private room Chile and Agave

Chile and Agave dining room

Chile and Agave dining room

For starters, we ordered the ‘nacho clasico’ topped with melted cheese, pico de gallo and jalapenos, served with guacamole, sour cream, salsa and refried beans. I recalled the dish was about $15. The highlight of the dish was the crispy house-made tortilla chips.

In hindsight, I would not have ordered the nacho dish knowing that the restaurant would give us chips and salsa on-the-house.

Nacho classico

Nacho classico

 

Fresh chips and salsa

Fresh chips and salsa

I ordered the lunch special with an 8 inch burrito filled with beef, rice, beans, lettuce with a side of salad in a house vinaigrette ($9). This was probably one of the smallest and skinniest burritos I have ever eaten at the Mexican restaurant, but it was flavourful.

Lunch portion

Lunch portion

My husband’s enchilada dish was my favourite dish with 3 baked rolls filled with chicken with guajillo chili and tomato sauce, served with rice and beans. The refried beans was extra smooth, the sauce was deep in flavour and the meat was tender. For a few bucks more than the lunch, ordering off the regular menu is worth it.

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Overall:

This is an authentic Mexican restaurant in the heart of St. Catherines.  The restaurant just celebrated their 4 year anniversary and I hope they continue to do well. 

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