Friday, August 15, 2014

North Olmsted's Nuevo Acapulco

Remember my 2014 "To Dine" Challenge? Yup, me neither. I tend to take a hiatus during the summer, focusing on all of the great outdoor events and patio weather instead. The brief break is over, and it's time to kick my butt into high gear. I still had 7 left to go before January!

So, that took "R" and I to Nuevo Acapulco in North Olmsted this week. It was pouring rain, so the first thing that I noticed, and appreciated, is that it is connected to a motel by an overhang. A covered run to the restaurant door! There are only a handful of parking spots in front of the restaurant, but plenty of parking in the rear.

It's decorated in your typical American-Mexican decor, with some highlights like the brightly colored birds hanging from the ceiling.
The restaurant was bright, clean, and had both table and booth options. We sunk into a booth and started to browse the menu.

Normally, when dining out, I never like to order the same thing. However, American-Mexican is an exception to the rule. I always search for a combination platter with an enchilada and chili relleno. It gives me the best "apples to apples" comparison. Nuevo Acapulo did not disappoint. I found "my" dish easily.

One enchilada with choice of one chalupa chimichanga or one chili relleno (with rice and choice of beans).
It was one giant, gooey, cheesy, brown heap of food. I've never asked myself if there was such a thing as too much cheese (being the cheese lover that I am), but this might have pushed that envelope. I wasn't even sure that there was a pepper underneath all of that cheese on the left-hand side of the plate. Overall, it was good. The rice was a little dry, but an addition of hot sauce and salsa fixed that. However, I can confidently state that Cozumel in Independence still does this dish better.

"R" ordered the Tacos al Carbon with three thick flour tortillas, dipped in special salsa,then stuffed with your choice of marinated char-broiled steak or chicken garnished with pico de gallo, Parmesan cheese and guacamole.
Again, the rice was dry, but he did enjoy this dish overall. It was huge, and he ended up taking home two of the tacos and the rest of my rice and beans. What's with the Parmesan cheese, though?

So, not a bad meal at all, but we'll stick to Cozumel in Independence. They still reign supreme, in my opinion.

What's your favorite Mexican restaurant in the area? Luchita's is one of the only ones that I haven't been to yet.

Nuevo Acapulco
24409 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070


6502Programmer said...

Have you tried El Rodeo, just down the street from Nuevo Acapulco? Cozumel is good, but I prefer El Rodeo over them.

Bite Buff said...

No, I think I've driven past it before though. Good to know, we'll check it out. Thanks!

All Lacquered Up said...

La Fiesta in Richmond Heights is my face Mexican. Mole sauce is my jam and I haven't tasted a better one in the area. Also, there is a place at chagrin and van aken that has a great margarita special on Wednesdays