Wednesday, October 8, 2014
When me and two other friends went to Hot Springs, one recommended we try Rolando's, a Hispanic restaurant. (One of the owners came from Ecuador.) Rolando's patio in the back was very beautiful and next to a hillside; it was very elegant and slightly kitsch; the trees had rainbow Christmas lights on them, making the scene fairly colorful. (The interior of the restaurant had hundreds of colorful portraits too.) I was in an in-between mood for food, but I relented and ordered. I got some chicken quesadillas, and shared some stringy white queso with the other girls. (It tasted good but it wasn't liquid cheese; it was like stringy feta cheese that wasn't melted all the way, making it a little difficult to eat.) I tried to stop eating it after I got my quesadillas; it came with rice which I gave away, as I couldn't finish. The little quesadillas tasted good... at first. I didn't realize I had too much cheese from the queso, and although I finished, I was afraid my stomach was getting a bit nauseated. (It didn't help, that while it tasted good, the cheese they used was vaguely reminiscent to the cheese I had on a sandwich in New York, which gave me food poisoning.) I do like their dishes, but if I go again, I'll be sure to just order one dish.
So a week or two ago, I went out with some friends to Hot Springs, and when I came back, we went to Loca Luna. I heard about Loca Luna, and it sounded like a quirky place, so I didn't mind going. I had the assumption from outside it would be like a fancy diner, or a fancy something, and while I was right about the price range, (mid tier like $15 for a plate), the restaurant was actually very quirky and casual on the inside. Along with the restaurant host, there is a mannequin in the front entrance to meet you, and the paintings all look surreal and unusual. Regardless, inside and the outside deck managed to blend this with a sense of classiness, and it works. I had alfredo with soft crab, and the meal was pretty tasty; I ate all of the crab, but couldn't finish the pasta. Next time though, I might try something different. A slightly expensive restaurant with a casual and fun atmosphere; it's an interesting experience.