Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Acitron Mexican Bistro in Arlington

Last week, Z and I decided to use our Eversave coupon for Acitron Mexican Bistro, one of the latest culinary additions to Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. I had been hearing quite a bit of buzz around this new Mexican eatery, so I was eager to give it a try (for half price, of course).

Our meal started with fresh, chunky salsa and salty tortilla chips.

Clearly, the chips and salsa were good...

Then, we ordered a round of drinks: Acitron Margaritas ($8 each), made with Acitron's homemade margarita mix. 

These margaritas reminded me of Skinny Girl Margaritas - meaning, not weighed down with a sugary sour mix. They were crisp, light, refreshing and perfectly strong (we both ended up ordering one more with our dinners). 

For an appetizer, we split the Aguacate Frito ($7.95), which consisted of avocado slices dipped in a chipotle beer batter and lightly friend. The fried avocado was served with a cilantro-jalapeno sour cream.

While I could have easily drank the cilantro-jalapeno sour cream, the fried avocado left much to be desired. There was nothing really outstanding about it, and it lacked flavor. It was nothing more than just fried avocado. 

For our entrees, I went with the Tortitas de Zucchini Con Nopales ($15.95), which was two zucchini patties topped with grilled nopales, grilled red onions, and tomato with salsa verde...

....which came with my choice of two sides. I went with the grilled vegetable medley (but got "elote," or corn on the cob, instead) as well as the black beans, which were the beans of the day.

For his entree, Z ordered the Crepas de Rajas Poblanas ($15.95), homemade crepes stuffed with grilled poblano strips, corn, yellow squash, zucchini, and sour cream.

Although my zucchini patties don't look that pretty, they were pretty darn awesome. Packed with flavor and well seasoned, these discs of deliciousness were also surprisingly filling. I ended up eating one, and taking the second home for lunch the next day. Z's crepe was also very tasty - and rich - and the zesty sauce his crepe was smothered in really made the dish. 

Overall, our dinner at Acitron Mexican Bistro was a successful one, but it didn't blow us away. If we didn't have an Eversave coupon with us, this meal would have been really expensive, for our budgets. The margaritas were tasty, though, so I'd go back just to have another one of those.

Have you tried Acitron Mexican Bistro yet? If so, what's your review?

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  1. It is a bummer that the fried avocado wasn't fabulous. It certainly sounds interesting!

  2. The fried avocado sounds and looks so good in theory. Too bad it didn't measure up. :(

  3. i have had fried avocado before and loved it, but that was at the four seasons. haha. This place doesn't sound like it measures up, all things considered.

  4. The margaritas definitely look good!