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Restaurant Review (Oklahoma City): The Poblano Grill

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If you’re looking for good Mexican food in the Oklahoma City metro area, the Poblano Grill is worth a visit. With three locations in the area there is likely one near you. My husband and I visited the location in Moore and were pleasantly surprised at what we discovered.

The atmosphere was our first surprise. Unlike many Mexican restaurants there was not an abundance of bad artwork to try and bring about a Mexican feel. Thankfully, they also avoided piping cliché Mexican music through the restaurant. Instead, Poblano Grill used contemporary lighting and décor and allowed their food to bring about the cultural influence. Also surprising about the atmosphere was the lack of customers. We did visit slightly before the average dinner time, but I pass the restaurant daily and didn’t even know it was open because I’ve never seen many cars there. The quality of their food and service makes the lack of business shocking.

The food was modestly priced with most entrees being around ten dollars. The portions were larger than necessary, but it made me feel like I was getting my money’s worth. On their website, Poblano Grill touts that their food is made fresh daily, and everything tasted that way. The chips and tortillas that came before the meal were very fresh.

The salsa was probably the freshest item we had. It tasted as though the vegetables had just been picked and chopped up before they were brought to the table. Unfortunately, the salsa being fresh means you can have a different salsa with each visit. This visit it was a little heavy on the cilantro and lime, but there are two hotter salsas by request that were quite good.

My husband ordered a chicken and rice burrito with chili and queso on top. The waitress was very polite and encouraged us to order the food exactly as we wanted it. They did not charge extra for the added topping on my husband’s burrito, which was unexpected as many restaurants would have. I ordered flautas and they were beautifully cooked.

There were several sides to choose from, including the typical refried beans and rice and a surprising mashed potatoes dish. My favorite thing I tried was the cup of tortilla soup. It was a fresh, broth-based soup filled with veggies and chicken. It was definitely the best tortilla soup I’ve had. Overall, everything was delicious.

Because we were eating early we did not sample anything from the bar, but we did overhear the bartender talking about some of the drinks. He sounded extremely knowledgeable and we were very impressed with the specialty drinks on their menu, and we have already picked out some to try on our next visit.
Their menu is very large and features both traditional and some not-so-traditional items. I am already looking forward to my next visit, and will be taking my family there when they visit.

The food was great, the atmosphere was relaxing, and the service was fantastic. If you’re looking for a Mexican restaurant in Oklahoma City, or just trying to figure out what you want to eat, I encourage you to try the Poblano Grill. And, when you do, don’t forget to try the tortilla soup.

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