Monday, December 18, 2006


Armadillo Restaurant (Dec. 13th)

(970) 493-4440
354 Walnut St
Fort Collins, CO 80524

**2 out of 5 stars**

Already having had Mexican Food this week (see Tortilla Marissa review of 12/11), I was afraid I was heading for overkill with another Mexican restaurant. However, both restaurants are very different.

The Armadillo is in downtown Fort Collins, and can be a good change of pace from the typical downtown fare. They are never very busy, and have great downtown parking. I will often go in and have a drink or a bite to eat just for the spot. They are never very busy, and it tends to be a very dark and quiet and comfortable environment.

We started out with Margarita's that were okay, although they are too heavy on the Sweet and Sour Mix. The salt on the rim was also table salt, which gave the drink a cheap look. However, they tasted good enough for me to have two. Their chips and salsa are very good - with the salsa finely pureed and the chips salty.

The meal was pretty good. I tried something new and had a stuffed soapia - it had ground beef and beans inside. I wasn't sure what to expect, but when it came out it was this huge pasty stuffed with beans and beef and topped with green chile. It came with rice and beans, and was a huge portion. The soapia was not greasy as I would have guessed and had a very deep flavor, which was very satisfying. My compadre had a Burrito Supreme which was a half order and was huge.

The service was good, and very prompt. Armadillo is a great downtown alternative to the Rio, and you will not have to wait for a seat. Also, the parking is A +.


Tortilla Marissa's (Dec. 11th)

(970) 225-9222
2635 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

**2 out of 5 stars**

An okay, average Mexican restaurant - Tortilla Marissa's really let me down. We went on a Monday night while getting some Christmas Cards made at Walgreens and left disappointed.

On Monday nights they do have a good special. Fajita's for two for 12.99. We had a combination of both steak and chicken. While waiting for our fajita's, we snacked on some chips and salsa. I wasn't a big fan of the chips, and the salsa came out with such a hot temperature that it burned our mouths. My date stopped eating it because it was so incredibly hot with temperature. I'm not sure why it was so hot, but it really turned us off.

When the fajita's came, they were okay. The tortilla's were soggy and very sticky with moisture. My date didn't really care for the taste of the chicken, although I thought it was okay. They served a plate of topping for the tortilla's which included guacamole, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pico de gallo. The onions with the fajita's were overcooked, and the bell peppers were undercooked. It was plenty of food for a good price, it just wasn't that great.

The service was very good, and the place is very quaint and clean. I would say go if you are looking for a cheap meal (our total was around $17 for two people).

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