By Kathy Kerby
Arizonans are always on a quest to find the best Mexican food.
Si Senor, located at 600 N. Alma School Rd., is at the top of many lists for its delicious, authentic food.
The first Si Senor Restaurant was established in 1984 in Deming, New Mexico, by Martin and Irene Castillo. In 2001, daughter, Irene, opened the Chandler location, which uses recipes that have been in her family for generations. Hatch chiles are the defining element of this New Mexican cuisine, as they are skillfully used in every dish. The Casillos have their own farms in New Mexico’s Hatch Valley along the Rio Grande.
The menu includes 20 selections from chimichangas to Pinon steak and prices range from $9.75 to $18.95. The lunch specials are served from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. from $6.95 to $7.50, and includes tea or soda. Si Senor offers a great selection of margaritas and domestic and imported beer.
Si Senor’s famous tortilla chips are served with four salsa options—spicy bean dip, Hatch green chile sauce, red salsa and crema with chiles. Word to the wise, wait for your beverage before you begin chomping on the chips because the dips are hot. If the green chili is too fiery, request the milder version.
My husband, Lou, and I selected the Si Senor combination plate ($14.95), which includes a chile relleno, cheese enchilada, tamale, taco, Hatch Valley chili con carne, rice and beans all smothered with a choice of hot or mild, red or green chile. Every item is expertly prepared and this plate is best when shared with a friend because there is more than enough for two to relish each spicy bite.
We also sampled the burrito plate ($6.95 on the lunch menu). The seasoned cubed pork enveloped in a warm, fresh tortilla was delicious and the refried beans and rice added to the flavor palate. We also enjoyed the taco plate ($10.95) with lightly spiced shredded chicken in crispy corn tortilla shells, topped with crunchy tomato, lettuce and cheese.
Si Senor saves the best for last. The grand finale of every meal at Si Senor are the complimentary warm sopapillas. We chose cinnamon/sugar over plain and drenched the hot, fluffy, fried, pillowy confection with honey.
The décor is just as impressive as the food. The spacious interior is divided into three large dining areas that are decorated with heavy wooden tables and chairs with bright yellow sunflowers painted on the back. Colorful murals cover the walls and even the ceiling of the cozy center dining area.
If you want delicious food at reasonable prices in a family-friendly setting, visit Si Senor and enjoy the best New Mexican cuisine in the Valley.
Si Senor Restaurant
600 N. Alma School Rd.