Primo’s on the lake in Garland (by Bass Pro Shop) opened a while back, but we’ve been waiting ’til we were in the mood for Tex-Mex before trying it out. Last Sunday we found ourselves in the mood and it was our choice for a late Easter lunch.
Primo’s has been around since the 1980s but neither of us had been to one. This new one has a prime lakefront location, with an upper level that really takes advantage of the view. We were seated downstairs, but in the back by the window so we had a view of the lake (which would have been even better if they hadn’t had stacks of chairs in the way).
Outdoor seating wasn’t available that day, which was okay since it was windy and a bit cold. The place was fairly full, but there was no wait for a table.
The first test of any Mexican restaurant is the tortilla chips. These were crisp and warm, not too greasy. They weren’t the best chips I’ve tasted, but they were perfectly good. The spinach queso dip took a while to get to us, but when it did, it was also quite good. A little runnier than I’d have preferred and the portion was small, but the taste was great.
Tom started with a queso flameado, a flaming cheese dish. Once the fire was out, here’s what was left:
He didn’t finish it; this is a dish that doesn’t stay good for long. As it cools, it starts to congeal, and you can see the streaks of grease through it. He loved the first few bites, though.
Next, he got fried stuffed jalapenos:
They looked good, with a light batter and a pretty generous portion.
I went with my old standby: chicken fajitas. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by its fajitas. These were just exactly the way I like them. There was a huge mound of chicken, with lots of thickly sliced onions and just enough peppers to give it flavor:
The chicken was cooked just right – thoroughly cooked but not dry, and not greasy at all as fajitas sometimes are. There was so much of it that I had to take half home in a "to go" box, and had another good meal the next day.
Service was decent, though not spectacular. It took a while to get our drinks and appetizers, but that may have been due to the Easter crowd. The waiter was very friendly and polite.
All in all, I’d pronounce Primo’s a good value for the money in an excellent, relaxing location. We’ll undoubtedly be going back next time we get a hankering for Mexican food.