Grannies Need Love Toos!

by sara on February 15, 2011

I called my grandmother on Sunday and asked if I could take her to lunch on Valentine’s Day.  I didn’t expect her to remember our conversation but she called Monday morning and said she was dressed and ready!  Somebody was ready to bust out of the home and party!  My dad and I planned to take her to Garden Cafe but we got there and they were closed Mondays 🙁

Next stop: Mextopia on lower Greenville.

They have a nice patio that would be great for people watching during happy hour.  Lower Greenville used to be so trendy.  I guess it still is trendy if you have a nose ring.  Lately it just seems like it’s been riddled with fires and drunken attacks.  My uncle used to own a bar down the street from Mextopia.  One day a guy came in who had just been stabbed.  He just wanted a glass of water.  Rules are rules though, no shirt no stab wounds no service.

What was I talking about?  Oh yeah, Mextopia!  The interior is not too big and has bright colors and Mexican art on the walls.  They even have an open kitchen to watch the chefs making a big pot of pozole (Mexican pork and hominy stew).

The bar is typical of lower Greenville.  You have your beer, your tequila, your glasses.  It’s pretty awesome if you’re into that.

We started off with some guacamole (pronounced “wakaflocka”).  Their guac was ridonk.  Creamy and avocadoey with a hint of lime.  This was the large order.  Their salsa was tasty fresh too.  My grandmother doesn’t like spicy things but I saw her dipping her chips in the salsa like it wasn’t even no thang.  Maybe after all these years she’s coming around?

For my entree I went with the Calabaza con Pollo, a boneless chicken breast with squash, zucchini, corn and tomato in a light broth.  It was delicious but there was nothing light about the broth.  It basically flooded my plate (note the beans swimming in the broth).  Luckily, I don’t eat the rice and beans anyway.

Light broth residue:

My dad went with the fajitas and ordered them 5 star spicy hot.  We couldn’t tell if it was garlic salt or what but the chicken, peppers and onions were cooked to PERFECTION.  They were some delicious fajitas.

Served with corn tortillas (or flour if you drink maiz hatorade).

Oh your grandmother doesn’t take a shot of tequila on Valentine’s Day?  That’s weird.  (Mom – JOKING!  That’s water, we wouldn’t do that to her)

My dad told my grandmother if she was good and ate all of her soft cheese tacos then we would take her to get dessert.  You’ve never seen an 86-yr-old wolf down tacos like Crazy Bettye.  She wanted that frozen custard and nothing was going to stop her (except maybe a sopapilla).

We headed on over to Wild About Harry’s.  My dad and his daytime Valentine posed for the press.

Crazy Bettye had herself a scoop of pralines ‘n cream and I went with a vanilla concrete mixed with Heath bar pieces.  I don’t mean to compare but as you can tell by the picture, my dessert can beat up her dessert.

Sometimes I’m very discreet with my picture taking.  Here I feel that I captured the striking similarity between Hot Dog Man’s shoes and my dad’s Crocs.

We had a great time with the Beejinator (her name is Bettye Jane but we affectionately refer to her as: Crazy Bettye, Beej, BJ, Bettye, Whacked mother-in-law, Kablamaw, Mamaw and Memaw).  Getting old is whacked but when you have days like this, you tend to forget about the whackedness of it all.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

jason February 16, 2011 at 12:13 am

I was raised on maiz hatorade 🙁


sara February 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

hi hater


Janice February 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

You have such a perfect family! *tear* That place looks good! Yummy Tex Mex! You should’ve taken your grams to the ‘hood for some real Mexican tacos. Drive by optional!


sara February 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Foodgarbl is going to the hood one day. You’re a genius. And the Beejinator is coming with!


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