Back to Conshi once again. Here in this little suburb of Philly you’ll find many quaint little nooks and crannies in the restaurant world. Many offer outdoor dining which is perfect this time of year. One such place is Coyote Crossing of Conshohocken where their outside dining is not like many others in the area.
While I have been here before, I was never really impressed so it’s been at least 5 years since I was last here. I decided to give it another try and I sure am glad I did. The restaurant’s decor is absolutely perfect. It’s so colorful and has just a great Mexican resort feel, especially on the outside patio. The music is appropriate, although quite loud in the outside bar area, which is where we chose to sit.
Okay the food…it was delicious. We were offered complimentary salsa (more like a pico de gallo) and house made chips. The chips were freshly made as they were warm and crunchy. The salsa was simple yet a perfect compliment to the delicious chips. Note I do find it a bit tacky how the menu reads “salsa and chips $5, “FIRST SERVING IS COMPLIMENTARY”. It’s supposed to be more of a high-end Mexican restaurant so either charge for it or not. I don’t like the restriction.
I ordered an appetizer as my main meal. The Quesadilla Crossing with tenderloin for $16.95. It was made with a hand made corn tortilla, a blend of Chihuahua, Oaxaca and Queso fresco, and fire roasted poblanos. The steak was made to order and still very juicy. You cold tell it wasn’t premade and waiting to be stuffed into a buritto or a fajita dish. The quesadilla was super flavorful and large enough to fill me up and to bring some home for later. It would be a fine appetizer to share for 2 people as well.
Dan ordered Huarache with wild boar for $18.95!! His serving was an entree and it was HUGE. It reminded us of a sope which is a Spanish thick tortilla, only it was A LOT larger. It was the size of his plate. It was made a hand made corn crust, frijoles refritos, smoked tomatillo verde salsa and served with lettuce, queso fresco and crema. I tasted a small piece and it was tasty but it was a heavy dish. I almost ordered it but I’m glad I didn’t as I wouldn’t have made a dent in it. The meat had a hint of cinnamon which was a nice touch. I think this dish would make a fine appetizer for a party of 4 or more because it was good, but just a bit too heavy for one person. We also packaged half up for home later.
DRINK TIME!! They have a plethora of cocktails offered such as margaritas on the rocks (or frozen) which are offered by the glass or the pitcher and sangria (white or red) also offered by the glass or carafe. There are plenty of beer offerings in draft or bottle, and mezcals and other spirits so everyone should be able to find a special drink.
Dan had a traditional margarita which looked beautiful in a tall, thick cocktail glass. It lacked a salt rim (which Dan likes, not me) but he still said it was great. You could tell it was made with fresh juice and not just a margarita mix you get from your local market. I had a traditional Mexican draft beer, Dos Equis Lager, served with a lime. It was okay, that’s all I can say about that (I should have ordered a sangria).
All in all we had a nice experience and I will go back when I desire that outside, good weather vibe environment. The food was just fine, not the best I ever had, but nothing specific to complain about and the same goes for the drinks. I do believe its more of a good-time kinda place rather than a romantic evening event. The next time you have a girls night planned or you have a few couples that want to get together, give this place a try. Hang in the outside bar area and get some apps. I give Coyote Crossing a 3.25 out of 4 forks. Enjoy your meals folks and thanks for reading!