March 28, 2012
By Trey Holt |Ranger Reporter
CHIPS AND salsa, rice, refried beans and the sound of a traditional Spanish ballad are just a few of the things that come to mind when most people think of Mexican food.
For the past several years, locally owned Mexican restaurant Fernando’s has delivered all that and so much more.
A recent change in location – from Paramount to the former Marty’s building – has not amounted to a change from the same friendly service that always has been offered.
From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted by a friendly, smiling face.
As you wait to be seated, your eye is drawn to a beautiful fish tank strategically placed against the wall at the entrance. You can become so entranced by the fish that your table is ready before you even realize it.
After being seated, the first thing you get is the usual, complimentary chips and salsa that the restaurant staff makes certain never runs out.
One thing that sets Fernando’s apart from most other restaurants of its kind is the extensive salsa bar. It has 10 kinds of salsa to offer, including the house salsa, and is entirely free to customers who dine in. You also can have a jar to take home for a reasonable price.
I enjoyed my experience at Fernando’s new location.
After ordering a traditional chicken enchilada plate with sour cream sauce, I expected to be waiting awhile for the meal to be ready. To my surprise, however, it was ready and delivered piping hot after only 15 minutes.
Another surprising aspect was the high quality of the food prepared in such a short time. It was quite amazing.
With its delicious food, fast and friendly service and reasonably priced entrees, Fernando’s definitely was one of the most enjoyable restaurant experiences I’ve had.