Making the Grade: Agave Loco Mexican Grill

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PHOTOS BY MIKE WALLACE

By STACEY
PATTON WALLACE

Recently, our good friend Jack, whom I’ve mentioned many times, adopted Buddy, an adorable mixed breed dog from the Lee County Humane Society. Buddy is approximately four years old, white with freckles and has black ears and eyes. He’s certainly a sweet, lively and welcome addition to Jack’s home.

I really admire Jack for giving Buddy a forever home. Also, I give an A+ to the Lee County Humane Society for taking care of homeless pets in our community.

Just before Mike and I had the pleasure of meeting Buddy, we met Jack and Thomas at Agave Loco Mexican Grill at 1032 Opelika Road in Auburn. The parking lot had a lot of cars; that’s always a good sign.

 We jokingly reintroduced ourselves to Thomas since we hadn’t seen him in a long time. As a teacher, Thomas has been very busy with school-related activities. As retired teachers, Mike and I understand completely. William couldn’t join us because he was in Atlanta for the day.

Having taken two whole years of Spanish in school, I thought that “Agave Loco” meant “Crazy Cactus.” However, I was only half correct. “Loco” does mean “crazy.” But according to Google (Thank you, Jack.), an “agave” is a “sweet succulent that is related to the lily.” There you go. It’s important to learn something new every day.

When we were seated, Jose, our server, came to take our orders. He was very kind, patient and helpful. As is our custom in Mexican restaurants, Mike and I ordered cheese dip. It was really good. Also, miraculously, I didn’t drip all over myself or our table. Mike was really impressed, too.

For his entrée, Mike ordered a carne asada burrito, which was a tender grilled steak and onion burrito, served with pico de gallo and rice. In addition, he ordered more of that delicious cheese dip to pour on it. Remember, you can never have too much cheese. I chose the quesadilla patron, which was a grilled flour tortilla filled with grilled chicken (Diners may choose steak.) cut in four pieces with lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo on the side. I also added a side of guacamole dip; it tasted so fresh and homemade.

Jack selected enchiladas supremas, which was a supreme combination consisting of one chicken, one bean, one cheese and one beef enchilada, topped with enchilada sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Last, Thomas chose the tacos de carne asada, which were three folded corn tortillas filled with tender sliced beef and served with tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo and beans.

 Everything was really delicious. Again, silence descended as we consumed mass quantities of cheese, chicken, beef, tortillas, pico de gallo, sour cream, etc. No wonder Agave Loco had a full parking lot. This restaurant is a DEFINITE do-over.

Besides our tasty cheese dip and chips, Agave Loco offers diners a long list of other appetizers, some of which include: fajita nachos, queso fries, nachos supremos with chicken or beef, cheese dip with carne and jalapenos.

The restaurant also has an extensive list of beef, pork, chicken and seafood entrees. Desserts offered include churros, fried ice cream, flan and sopapillas. Agave Loco has many delectable dishes for both lunch and dinner. Believe me, you won’t run out of choices for a very long time.

Jack and Buddy, this review was for you. May you have many happy years together.

Agave Loco is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Agave Loco Mexican Grill makes the grade with an A+ from this retired English teacher. Remember, “Pooh-sized” people NEVER lie about food. Enjoy!

Stacey Patton Wallace, who retired from teaching language arts for 30 years, is a professional diner. Her column, “Making the Grade,” will appear each week in The Observer. Stacey may be reached at retiredlangartsteacher2020.com

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