Monday, May 4, 2015
This Is The Juan That You Want - Lunch at Amigo Juan.
The restaurant alongside North Hervey Street is bright and colorful, just like the three other locations (Texarkana, New Boston and Atlanta, all in Texas) and on this particular Sunday there was a ten minute wait to get in the door. We marveled at the Great Danes captured in brightly colored
Amigo Juan was originally opened by Sergio and Maria Rodriguez in 2003 in Texarkana. The couple fell in love when they were 16 and 15, respectively, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Shortly before they married, Sergio came to Arkansas to stay with Maria's relatives, and they decided to make a home here. Their restaurants feature family recipes and they've been quite successful, which is why there are four Amigo Juans today.
The Botanas Platter seemed a good bet, and it had a little bit of everything on it. There was a small quesadilla packed with nicely grilled chicken that had a lot of flavor to it. There were both corn tortilla taquitoes and flour tortilla
There were nachos... which were created in the manner I recall them being served when I was growing up. No pile of chips with dumped-on toppings here -- each of these were sculpted bites of ground beef, beans and
And there were the wings... Caliente Wings, to be exact. They were exactly what was stated on the menu -- very hot, almost Buffalo-like soaked chicken winglets doused in an incredibly pungent and hot sauce. I couldn't handle them, but Grav was pleased.
With this feast in front of us, we wondered if we needed anything else, but went ahead and ordered anyway. Hunter's choice
I thought it looked grand, coated in queso blanco and stuffed with beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato. He pronounced it adequate.
I think he was just jealous of what I'd ordered.
Also, it was very, very cheesy.
As you might imagine, this was far more food than we could handle. It was marvelous, but I regretted that I didn't have room for sopapillas, since the ones I saw delivered to a nearby table looked incredible. Maybe next time.
1200 North Hervey Street
Hope, AR 71801