My wife and I have been searching for a new Mexican restaurant ever since Carlos O’Kelly’s closed its doors. Yes, that was five years ago.
We’ve tried a few local establishments over time, but nothing really won us over. In the interim, we’ve made due with Mexican dishes at Chile’s, Applebee’s–you know, those kinds of places. That’s fine, but we missed an actual authentic Mexican restaurant. Actually, I don’t know how authentic Carlos O’Kelly’s was, but you get my meaning.
A few week’s ago, on New Year’s Eve, my wife suggested a relatively new Mexican restaurant in town called Hacienda Leon. We were going out as an entire family to see Mary Poppins Returns, and we wanted to eat together afterward in order to celebrate the holiday.
As we walked in, the size and open layout of the restaurant immediately struck me. I loved the roominess of the place. I also really liked the decor and general style. I’m no expert at that kind of thing, so I’ll simply say everything pleased the eye.
We’ve been back since, and on both occasions the service proved friendly and capable. The menu is very diverse with a wide range of rates. You will be able to eat quite affordably if you wish, but there are also some more expensive and elaborate dishes available. The drink menu also has a lot to offer with some very fair prices. Both of my children were happy with the kids’ menu and were glad that they could substitute the rice and beans with fries. By the way, my ten-year-old daughter just told me to tell you that their fries are “delicious.”
I don’t know how “authentic” Hacienda Leon is in terms of cuisine, but as far as I’m concerned, the two meals I ate there were wonderful. It has instantly become my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area, and probably my second favorite restaurant around here in general.
If you live in the Bloomington-Normal region and crave Mexican fare, I urge you to give Hacienda Leon a chance. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Visit their website to see a photo gallery, their location, and the menu: Hacienda Leon
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