As you walk up, you are greeted by Dos Amigos, two friendly looking wooden statues standing hear a cool rustic looking wooden bench. The nice touch to detail is carried into the inside of the restaurant with a nice clean and modern look. The colorful and unique lanterns on the ceiling lend some personality while not going over the top. The wall hangings are placed smartly and the wooden chairs and tables give it a nice relaxing vibe. There is no question that this is a Mexican Restaurant in appearance, but they still manage to break the mold of recent decades.
There was a light crowd for Saturday lunch, which meant not wait and immediate seating for us. Our server was over quickly and gave us a warm welcome and menus. He also explained the special ‘guacamole made table-side’. They have a cart that is wheeled to your table (upon ordering the appetizer) and they make it fresh, right at your table. They have a mortar and pestle at each table ready to go. Fresh tortilla chips and salsa were also dropped off as we looked over the menu.
Chips and Salsa (FREE with meal). These were fresh and light and strangely not greasy. The salsa was really fresh and tasty with a slight kick of spice. Our server made Jeff a special ‘spicier’ version, but he still found it too mild for his taste. I think they use the ‘less is more’ approach with the heat, after all, you can’t take the heat out once it’s in!
We didn’t happen to see the lunch specials on the menu given, we figured it was just available on weekdays so we looked on. They have all the regular Mexican favorites from tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, etc. They have a section with some specialty items that are more unique which I gravitated to. We hear that a full liquor license is in the works and might be in effect as of when this posts, so call ahead if that is important on your visit. We placed our orders and our entrees came out after maybe 20 minutes.
Camarones con Tocino ($13.95) – Fried prawns wrapped in bacon on a bed of onions and bell peppers topped with melted white cheese, served with rice, beans and tortillas. The plating was amazing on this dish and definitely made an impact when it was dropped off. The prawns (seven in total) were arranged on top in a circle pattern which looked really nice. Each prawn had is own bacon blanket and was fried. I found the bacon a nice addition, but felt it was fried a few seconds too long making it a bit tough. The onions and peppers were on the raw side, which was caught me a bit off guard. All of the vegetables were very fresh and flavorful, but I couldn’t detect any signature Mexican spices. The rice was fluffy and could have used a bit more seasoning and the refried beans were tasty.
Sizzling Fajitas, Chicken ($13.95) – Your choice of steak or chicken marinated in our secret sauce, then delivered sizzling hot over a bed of sautéed onion and green peppers, served with pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and flour or corn tortilla. Jeff always seems to go for fajitas when we go to a Mexican Restaurant. You usually know what to expect and fairly straight forward. When his fajitas were set down, we both gave a strange look to each other. The promise of them being ‘served sizzling hot’ didn’t deliver. The iron pan was really hot, but no sizzles. That’s actually the big deal when you get fajitas and part of the fun. We also noticed that the onions and green peppers were, like on my entrée, basically raw. The menu stated they are sautéed and then placed on the pan. Sure, they cook more on the hot pan, but that’s also part of the fajita experience. Jeff felt that the meat could have used a bit more seasoning as well…and cheese. All the other components from the pico de gallo to the guacamole were really good.
Overall we feel that Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant has potential to become a local favorite. New restaurants always have some tweaks and all of the little issues we had can be fixed quite easily. The service was really good and the look of the space shows that they really put some time and effort into the concept and we like that. We’d try them again and would probably go for the tacos or enchiladas, they looked really good at the next table.
Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant is located at 1308 North Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062.