Let’s taco about it!
Blinking neon lights announced a swanky new Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. With Super Bueno, seasoned (no pun there!) restaurateur Ethan Stowell added another feather to his cap. It is located on Stone Way, which has many American joints/bars which serve the odd tacos or poke bowl, but no proper restaurants with ethnic cuisines. My husband and I were pretty excited about this new place!
We started off with the blackened chicken and carne asada tacos. Heavy on the meat, with purple cabbage adding both color and crunch – the tacos had good flavor. The corn tortillas which come three per order, were a bit on the smaller side. In Mexican food, it is the little trimmings and house sauces that make all the difference. At Super Bueno, they did come with bottled sauces, but no homemade sauce. The real fingerlickin’ stuff is usually found inside the kitchen in most Mexican restaurants. We requested for some of their homemade hot sauce, but were disappointed to find out that they don’t make any.
Their salsas, however were fresh and tangy. If you go with a group of friends, you must try the nachos – which come nicely loaded with all the works; crispy, meaty and cheesy all at once. It is finished off with a huge dollop of thick and creamy guacamole. We also tried the chilled watermelon with comes sizzling with pop rocks, adding a wee bit of theatrics to the experience.
Super Bueno gets its margaritas spot on. The bueno margarita is refreshing and potent, with a rather heavy dose of tequila. The watermelon and jalapeno spiked ones are worth trying too! A bloody-mary girl myself, I loved that their cocktails were not too sweet.
Finally, it was time for dessert. The churros were fluffy on the inside, golden-crisp on the outside and dusted with cinnamon-sugar. Instead of the traditional chocolate dipping sauce, we were served a tamarind-caramel sauce. It went undeniably well with the churros, and was a good surprise for the palate.
Killing two birds with one stone, Super Bueno has a cafe and a restaurant both under one sprawling roof. The place is bright and modern, all high-ceilings, wooden tabletops and white-washed walls. It is kid-friendly with a play area, that you can overlook while gorging yourself silly on guac and chips. The service is really friendly, and the staff does really care.
While the food is good with generous portions, it is not authentic Mexican grub. There is a Fremont touch to the food, a hipster+millennial spin on most of the classics. There are no traditional Mexican touches in the decor or ambience either. If you are a Mexican food purist, you’d be disappointed. It is though, a nice, upbeat place to hangout after work. And if you want to hog on the ‘mom-tacos’ (Yes, it is a thing!), drink boozy frozen margaritas and take a break, while your kids play- you’re in the right place.