Las Palmas has fare from ocean-bordering states in Mexico


WHAT: Las Palmas.

WHERE: 752 1/2 Horizon Drive, in Ramada complex.

HOURS: Opens everyday at 11 a.m.

CONTACT: 255-1167.

COST: Lunch specials under $8; dinner entrees under $20; $1 tacos and $2.50 longnecks during happy hour from 4–7 p.m.

There’s something you’ve got to like about a place that reminds you of the Baja or the Bay of Campeche.

Sipping a margarita and eating seafood is especially sweet when the year’s first snowstorm is rolling into western Colorado.

Las Palmas isn’t a fancy place. The paint out front is chipped. Meals are served on paper placemats. Decorations are sequined sombreros, fake palms and silk flowers.

But the food is good and abundant.

Although Las Palmas has dishes from all the regions of Mexico (and Texas), they specialize in dishes from coastal states, which means seafood. And they have more than a handful of things on the menu that are saut&233;ed in wine and garlic, or served in a Suisse-type cream sauce with wine.

Our visit was enhanced by the server, who was friendly and helpful, answering all of our questions ad nauseam. She offered to make me a smaller margarita at happy-hour price because the regular margaritas are quite large.

We ordered from the lunch specials menu, all served with rice and beans: Acapulco-style shrimp; parrilla steak; carnitas; and chicken burrito.

The bacon-wrapped shrimp, only three of them, were delicious. If ordered off the regular menu, they double the number.

The butterflied skirt steak tasted great, had a great sear, but needed more time marinating ... it was kind of tough.

The pork had a cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice flavor. Nice touch. I can’t give you much of an assessment of the burrito pollo because my husband was too busy cleaning his plate to give much of a comment other than a grunt.

After the first visit, I had to go back and try the one dish I love to order on my trips south of the border, campechana cocktail. It’s kind of like a shrimp cocktail, with other seafood.

The cocktail included a large portion of prawns, scallops, squid, mussels and bay shrimp in a tomato broth. Interesting twist was, the chef served it warm instead of chilled. On the side was a plate of pico de gallo, chopped fresh cilantro and avocados. This was not an appetizer, it was a meal.

We all enjoyed our little fantasy trip to la costa. If only they could truck in some white sand to dig your toes into.

SEEN AND HEARD: A couple buying Phuket Lager at Redlands Liquor and reminiscing about their vacation on the gorgeous island of Phuket (pronounced foo-KET), on the Indian Ocean side of southern Thailand.

Originally imported to only eight states, the Thai beer is now available in Colorado.

HOT TAMALES: Child & Migrant Services sells tamales year-round for $15 a dozen. Proceeds from the chicken, pork and vegetarian tamales go toward the nonprofit’s work with the families of the estimated 1,200 seasonal farm workers in Mesa County.

The nonprofit provides food, clothing, child care, housing help and emergency assistance for the families. The majority of these workers are from Mexico, but there are others from all over the world.

You can pre-order the tamales online and pick them up in Grand Junction or Palisade.

For information, go to http://www.migrant or call 464-5226.

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