Mexican food is food worth driving for. Pittsburgh’s options have developed considerably in the last 10 years, but there is still a paucity of Mexican cuisine here as compared to my So.Cal. hometown. I get by. But good Mexican food is worth the time and effort of a bit of a drive. So is good company. I would have put the company first in this post, but said company failed to notify me of the massive plant between my teeth in the selfie we took. Hence: Alex gets booted to second place. Also, I crop our faces.
Azul Bar Y Cantina is in Leetsdale. To get there, you drive up Route 65, and then keep driving and driving and driving. Ok it’s not that far. But it’s beyond the territory where I usually roam for lunch. Mr. Beez and I visited Azul a few years back (and by a few, I think it was actually before Baby Beez was born, so you know, a few), and just loved it. I’ve been meaning to make my way back there, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the priority list, as things do. But Alex works out in that direction now, so getting lunch together there worked out just perfectly. If you don’t know Alex already, you should check out his blog: Everybody Loves You. His Mixtape Mondays and Week in Tweets are beyond compare. If you don’t like them, you aren’t human. Or funny.
We started things off with chips & guac & salsa. Everything is freshly made. The chips were hot and crispy and the guacamole was at just the right consistency where it still has a few satisfying chunks of avocado.
For my entree, I had chicken tinga enchiladas in a verde sauce with black beans and rice. Alex copy-catted me, but that’s OK because he knows I have good taste in Mexican food. Also it’s ok because I usually don’t mind people copy-catting my order, UNLESS YOU ARE MY MOTHER, AND THEN MOM PLEASE FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO ORDER WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO ORDER THE SAME THING AS ME?
Everything was delicious. My only regret is that it was lunch time, not happy hour, and therefore I did not get to enjoy Azul’s delicious margaritas.
I know the “happening” dining spots in Pittsburgh are concentrated in the city, but it’s great to venture out once in a while. On my way back in to town, I made quick stops in Sewickley and Ben Avon (more about those later), and couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous the autumn leaves are, and what lovely communities they are up north.
Thanks again for being my Mexican food lunch pal, Alex! We’ll have to do this again soon! And next time, I will floss before we take selfies!