Today finally arrived and we hopped in the car and headed out to lunch. I was nearly giddy with happiness! I didn't even need to think about looking at the menu... but I did.... in great detail. I knew, going in, that having to decide between a volcano of nachos and the Tuesday lunch special, Shrimp Scampi, was nigh impossible...but I managed. Up until the last minute it was going to be the special and then I had a quick step switch to the Nachos. My friend got the special so I can speak to both.
My 1/2 order of supreme nachos were delicious - I had beef this time since I had chicken before. The chips were delicious, generous dollop of guacamole (freshly made) on top and fresh salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream on the side. Piled high with beans, cheese, onion, (skipped the tomatoes), and a LOT of nicely-seasoned ground beef....overall, excellent. I couldn't eat more than half of the half order. It was an extremely generous serving. The $6 lunch special my friend got was deemed very good (and I challenge you to find a lunch like that for the price anywhere else on the island). It started with a mixed lettuce with tomato and red onion side salad. The entree was served on a large, very attractive, pewter fish-shaped platter filled with pasta topped with shrimp and a tasty garlicky butter sauce; broccoli on the side, and garlic toast. (there were other side choices, she chose broccoli) My meal, with iced tea was in the $15 range and my friend's was $8 before tip. She had a generous mug of freshly made French Roast coffee and said it was delicious. I opted for iced tea and it was as good as I remember (despite the waitress topping it off with raspberry tea instead of regular tea - I'm not a raspberry tea fan - I didn't have the heart to tell her at that point).
I'm sure restaurant owners wish people would stop taking pictures of their food with their cell phones - I read an article in Bon Appetit magazine that said so - but I feel irresistibly compelled when something is so exciting to me that I think the whole world needs to see it! I held off because I kept imagining my mother giving me the stern "big eyes" if she saw me. I had my camera in my purse, but by the time the food was in front of me, I was starved and just dug in. It was delicious. Unfortunately, that leaves me - again - with no pictures from PadreRitaVille!
The follow-up visit was as good as the previous visit. There was a slight mis-step in both of our orders arriving "not as ordered", but it was taken care of pretty darn quickly. We weren't overly concerned because we were gabbing. The shift manager checked in a couple of times and apologized for the beginning mis-step. No problemo. Regardless of the few service bleeps, I continue to totally enjoy the food here. Really nice.
I want to come back for dinner - the "steak night" special has been luring me for a couple of weeks now. However, I'm finding now that school is back in session, homework is abundant, and eating out on a week-night is just not feasible unless there is a special occasion (like no homework for the teen or a parade). I also know I need to keep trying new places...but, by golly, I just want to go back to PadreRitaVille so I can try some more of their menu. It all looks soooo good!
If you haven't made it by - you MUST go... 'nuf said!
My son and I had a delicious lunch here on a gorgeous January day on the island. Excellent prices for delicious food. I continue to love PadreRittaGrill! (note name change)
Here's the slightly edited update from my Facebook page:
"Yummy lunch at PadreritaGrill Spi with Ian Hook. Outstandingly creamy and delicious Tomato Basil Soup with a plentiful and diverse Salad Bar for me. Generous Shrimp Po'Boy with fries for him. Mine was great and he said his was really good. (high praise from the usual shoulder shrug) All for a reasonable price.
SPI FLIP FLOP FOODIE RATING:
4 – Lip smackin’ - good quality – flip flops will definitely be parked under their table again!