Saturday, May 25, 2013
Restaurant review: Petra Mexican Bistro serves fresh ingredients at a great price
Their table-side guacamole for $7 can't be beat.
MCKINNEY Like many Mexican restaurants in Collin County, Petra's is located in a non-descript strip center. It is is not a full-service Mexican restaurant, but is a step up in terms of menu diversity and quantity found at the loco taco joints that are sprouting up everywhere. I had a groupon for the place and decided to celebrate the end of the semester with a colleague. She had been here a number of times with other professors and said the food was consistently good and fresh.
Chips -- thin and salty, just the way I like them.
Salsas -- one had a smoky flavor (delish) and one was the standard tomato version (bland)
Guac -- at $7, it's hands down the best value for tableside guac.
Drinks -- wine, beer, sangria and margaritas.
My friend ordered a hibiscus margarita. Kudos for inventiveness, but it was a bit of a disappointment. Hibiscus-flavored syrup swirled in a standard frozen marg.
Main course lowdown:
Veggie tacos -- spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions and squash; nothing out of the ordinary, but tasty.
Chicken flautas -- again nothing out of the ordinary, but my friend cleaned her plate.
Each entree comes with a choice of two sides. The tortilla soup is different from standard fare. It had a creamy tomato-based stock with a cheesy finish. Definitely a highlight of the meal.
We passed on dessert. Highlights include fresh ingredients, which was evident in the food quality and not just a marketing ploy. Also the service was friendly and the atmosphere was light and airy with nice ambience. Again a step up from the quirky taco joints. Price is moderate, but quantity of food made it an excellent value.
Pegasus News Content partner - Colette's Dallas Mexican Food Reviews
See more stories in:
- Q-and-A: Patina Green sous chef talks local ingredients and squash sandwiches
- Mellow Mushroom is bringing its hippie vibe to downtown McKinney
- McKinney's Old Red Lumber Yard doubles as antique haven once a month
- McKinney's Old Cotton Mill welcomes new businesses into rich history
- McKinney sculptor installs new white buffalo piece downtown