By Terry Sovil from the November 2012 Edition
The new Mezquite Restaurant Bar & Pool is in the old Coco Loco location with a lot of fantastic new updates and what I hope is a bright future. I had a chance to meet Joaquin, the owner, and his faithful companion, Gaupo (Spanish for handsome) the dog.
The Mezquite has been open about two months as of 17-October-2012. Open daily from 1pm until 2am, Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Mondays.
The music while I was there was thoroughly enjoyable. They have a great sound system that will be 6000 watts when fully installed. Joaquin plans a section near the kitchen that will be quieter for conversations and dinner. A little louder nearer the dance floor, with the loudest on the dance floor and around the bar.
The restaurant has contracted with a Salsa band on the weekends for great live music. It is the only live salsa music in town.
I studied the menu carefully as everything looked wonderful. My first choice was to opt for the salad at 29 pesos. It was an excellent salad with homemade blue cheese dressing. They make their own salad dressings. Next I was really torn between the ribs (pork) and the Filet Mignon. I decided on the smaller, 6 ounce, Filet at $169 pesos. The steak was delicious and was served along with a vegetable medley (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) and either a baked or a whipped potato. I chose the whipped (mashed) potato and it was excellent. The steak was tender, juicy and delicious. I would normally have stopped but Joaquin had specifically mentioned the chocolate-chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream.
I could hear it calling my name. The brownie was fantastic, light, and delicious at $69.00 pesos. They also have a variety of cocktails and beers.
Joaquin also mentioned the ribs as he took my order. I told him that it was a tough choice. The pork comes in from St. Louis and he makes his own BBQ sauce. The ribs are a definite “next time” choice. He personally tastes the beef for the filet mignon to assure a consistency in the tenderness and taste. The place has had major updates made including a mesquite wood chandelier. Well worth a visit!
Terry is a founding partner and scuba instructor for Aquatic Sports and Adventures (Deportes y Aventuras Acuáticas) in Manzanillo. A PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) Master Instructor in his 36th year as a PADI Professional. He also holds 15 Specialty Instructor Course ratings. Terry held a US Coast Guard 50-Ton Masters (Captain's) License. In his past corporate life, he worked in computers from 1973 to 2005 from a computer operator to a project manager for companies including GE Capital Fleet Services and Target. From 2005 to 2008, he developed and oversaw delivery of training to Target's Loss Prevention (Asset Protection) employees on the West Coast, USA. He led a network of 80+ instructors, evaluated training, performed needs assessments and gathered feedback on the delivery of training, conducted training in Crisis Leadership and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention to Target executives. Independently, he has taught hundreds of hours of skills-based training in American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, SCUBA and sailing and managed a staff of Project Managers at LogicBay in the production of multi-media training and web sites in a fast-paced environment of artists, instructional designers, writers and developers, creating a variety of interactive training and support products for Fortune 1000 companies.