As you may know if you have read some of my other “Eat Out” posts, I have been searching for a great Mexican restaurant to fall in love with in Utah County. I’ve been to Los Hermanos many times and have often thought the salsa is decent, but the food is just okay. But, we had a gift certificate that we got for less than half off from City Deals, so we took the whole family to Los Hermanos for dinner.
Several months ago, they moved from their prime location on the corner of University Avenue and Center Street down a block to the old Ottavio’s location. It’s interesting to see a Mexican restaurant settling into an old Italian restaurant. They’ve tried to adjust the existing décor without making major changes (that I can see). They adjusted some of the murals to Mexican scenes and brought along items from the previous location, but many of the efforts just come up short or even looking ridiculous.
On this visit, we were led back to our table within a few minutes or arriving, though we saw crowds of people trailing in after us…I guess we arrived just in time. However, when we arrived at our table, they were still cleaning it and we had to wait while they finished up. Not a major inconvenience, but that along with some other hurrying employees in the restaurant made us think they might be understaffed that evening.
Our server brought out four bowls of salsa and two bowls of chips for our party of five…almost enough for each of us to have our own private salsa bowl….nice! Their salsa has an-almost pureed texture and a very mild flavor. I am a huge guacamole-lover, but their regular guacamole is unimpressive, so we ordered their newer Guadaguac (has chunks of avocado & tomatoes in a verde sauce with hints of lime). The Guadaguac is tasty and definitely worth trying. My kids ordered specialty drinks, one thing that I think Los Hermanos does very well. Their Raspberry Strawberry Colada was especially good.
Mr. Diner went with one of his favorites, the Smothered Burrito ($11.50), which is a shredded beef burrito smothered with chile verde, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, & tomatoes. It is huge, and Mr. Diner can usually eat only half of it. I decided to choose from their newer Street Market section of their menu and chose the Street Market Tacos ($7.50), one grilled steak & one grilled chicken, served with tomato, onion, cilantro, lime, & guadaguac on the side to top your tacos with. I really love that they put all the toppings on the side so you can decide exactly what & how much of each thing you want. The tacos were easily the best entrée I’ve had there with a good fresh flavor.
Amazing & Sweet both ordered the Little Amigo Pork Taquitos ($4.40). I was surprised that their meal was about the same size as the adult Taquitos plate…two large taquitos with beans and rice. Los Hermanos’ taquitos are huge, not the thin crunchy taquitos I generally think of. Both of them really liked them, even though Amazing is generally not a Mexican food fan. Little Diner shared food with everyone, but did not seem particularly interested in any of it.
I think Los Hermanos needs a revamp – both of their new location and their menu. The Street Market section is a step in the right direction. I’d love to see more fresh, taste bud-awakening items on their menu instead of the blander items with few seasonings that are currently the mainstay of their menu.
Los Hermanos has two locations: downtown Provo and Lindon. They offer take-out and catering services and frequently have discount certificates that sell out on CityDeals. They also have their t-shirt “eternal coupon” promotion: buy their t-shirt and every time you wear it to their restaurant, you get a free specialty drink. You frequently see entire tables with their t-shirts on and many have just temporarily pulled it on over their other clothes.
What do you think of Los Hermanos? Love it? Hate it? What’s your favorite Mexican restaurant in Utah County that I need to try?
Entrée Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 3
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 3
Amazing Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 2
Little Diner: 2