We like to go to Loco Lizard Cantina simply because the food is good and relatively cheap as far as Park City Restaurants go. It’s also located at Kimball Junction (I-80 Park City Exit) so when we’re doing some shopping at Redstone or anywhere at the Junction, it’s an easy restaurant option instead of going downtown. There are cheaper Mexican food options in Park City like El Chubasco (and Taco Bell if you must) and much more expensive restaurants like Chimayo (actually more Southwestern than Mexican). Reyes Adobe is also in the same range as Loco Lizard, but if you read our review, we weren’t that impressed. If you want to go to a Mexican restaurant in downtown Park City near Main Street for this same mid-level price range, then you may want to try The Blue Iguana or the Baja Cantina near the base of Park City Mountain Resort.
We were greeted right away and seated at a cozy table. The Loco Lizard has a colorful decor and seven giant flat screen TVs for keeping a watch on the game. So it has that laid-back, sport-bar type of atmosphere. After we were seated, someone promptly gave us chips and salsa. There was two kinds of salsa – a red roasted salsa and a green tomatillo salsa. We enjoyed both. Our waiter came quickly to take our drink orders. I ordered their Rojo Sangria ($6.99) which has a mix of red wine, blackberry brandy and triple sec mixed with fruit juices. They also have a white “Blanco” version with white wine, orange brandy and triple sec. It was served in a tall glass and tasted awesome, fruity and strong and not watered down with juice. We didn’t order appetizers this time, but they have some tasty offerings like freshly made guacomole, stuffed Anaheim chiles, handmade tamales, ceviche and more.
Especialas de la Casa
For entrees, my favorite has always been one of their specialties, the Mole Amarillo ($15.99). As they warn, “This mole is not the timid palate.” It is a yellow mole sauce based on three fresh chiles, pumpkin seeds and thickened with fresh corn masa. I love spicy food and this one is definitely extra spicy. Glad they serve this with soft tortillas to absorb some of the heat. My mole came with the choice of beans (refried or black) and rice.
My friend ordered a different specialty of the Casa, Huevos Rancheros ($10.99) that came served on a soft tortilla with refried beans (you can also choose black beans), fried eggs, salsa ranchero and then smothered with pork chile verde and cheese with rice and salad on the side. The chile verde is an option for $2 more, so without the smothering it’s only $8.99. He said it was good, though he probably would try something different next time. The chile verde was a nice extra on top and the pork was moist and tender.
We had no room for dessert but they have some very tasty options like dulce de leche cheesecake, fried ice cream sundae, Mexican chocolate brownie, tres leches cake, flan and here’s a unique one – habanero ice cream!
So if you’re up at Kimball Junction and in the mood for Mexican, then give the Loco Lizard Cantina a try!
Loca Lizard Cantina, 1612 Ute Blvd in the Kimball Plaza at Kimball Jct. 435-645-7000
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