For a while now, we had spotted some action at what was to become Good Coffee Mexican Restaurant, on North Mesa. We drive by the location every day, and we watched as signs went up and potted plants went out on at this restaurant. Just in the time we’ve been in El Paso, this site has been home to several different restaurants so we were curious to see what would happen this time around. After an El Pasto Times article came out recently describing the history of the family-owned restaurant here in El Paso (with several other locations), we knew we had to check it out.
Today’s Saturday lunch proved to be the perfect time to see what it was all about. We arrived around 11:30am, to a parking lot and restaurant that was quite full with both a breakfast and lunch crowd. The restaurant is quite roomy and simply but attractively decorated inside. We were immediately shown to a nice table in one of the several rooms in the dining area, and there is a bar area as well.
Our server, Ana, arrived right away to take our drink order. We inquired about wine and were told that they just recently acquired their alcohol license and yes, indeed, we were able to order a glass of cabernet to enjoy with our lunch (and at a quite reasonable price, we might add). As we enjoyed our wine and the excellent salsa and chips, we perused the menu and saw breakfast offerings as well as lunch options including a variety of Mexican dishes and burgers as well as menduo weekends.
Richard went with the Steak Ranchero, which came with guacamole, refried beans, and rice as well as excellent tortillas. He said that it was really good, and a wonderful flavor combo. I had the enchiladas enmoladas, which consisted of three cheese enchiladas with a mole sauce, refried beans, and rice. The enchiladas were great, and I loved the slightly sweet and complex flavor of the mole sauce. The beans and rice were really good, as well. We both really enjoyed our meals and I will admit that I ate every last bite of mine.
Dessert time came around, and Richard was too full but (with Ana’s recommendation) I went with the tres leches cake. Oh my, it was good! This was a wonderfully most and delicious chocolate version of tres leches cake, and it was good to the last bite.
It was great to see so many people enjoying this restaurant on a Saturday morning and afternoon. There were plenty of families and couples and also some people eating both breakfast and lunch, and there also were some people in the bar area. It was a hopping place! We were very pleased by the service, the atmosphere, and the menu offerings and the price was certainly right. We were so pleased to find a casual place where we could get an excellent meal at such great value. And it’s right down the road from where we live. You can’t beat that. We will definitely be back!
Good Coffee is located on the westside at 4799 N. Mesa