Originally, we had planned on going to La Puerta for dinner. It had come up as the highest rated place in the Gaslamp for Mexican food. However, when we arrived, we were informed that the wait would be at least 45 minutes. Given that we were all hungry, we decided that waiting was not an option and went to look elsewhere. Conveniently Las Hadas was right next door, and definitely wasn’t packed. Not necessarily a good thing, and it made us wonder a little why the place next door was overflowing and we had our pick of seats, but we headed in anyway.
We were immediately greeted with the news that it was margarita Monday. That meant $1 well margaritas, $5 top shelf, and $6 Cadillac. Definitely a good way to start off any meal. Three of us went for the Cadillac variety, while one just went for the $1 variety. And honestly, were we out to party, and not there with work, I think we all would have gone with the $1 and gotten the night off to a roaring start. After ordering drinks, we ordered some guacamole, and then started looking through the menu which was much more Baja than Mexican. There were a lot more seafood options than I would expect from a Mexican place, which was good. I decided to go for the Enchilada del Mar; a seafood stuffed enchilada served with rice and black beans.
Prior to the guacamole arriving, we were treated to a small corn cake type appetizer. It was very good, nice and moist, with a little bit of sweetness. Not quite a corn muffin, but more of a fritter. Next came the guacamole and margaritas. The margaritas were excellent; good tequila, a little tartness, and just enough salt. The guacamole, not so much. I’ll admit, I’m still developing my taste for avocado, but this was very bland. It was missing the things I would expect in guacamole like lime, red onion and cilantro, and there were only a few small pieces of tomato. It was more smushed avocado than anything else, and to me was quite bland.
After another round of margaritas, our main courses arrived. I was wondering if it would be more corn fritter or more guacamole when I took my first bite. And I have to say, it was more corn fritter. The flavors were nice and simple. The seafood was all shellfish, and was well cooked. It was a pretty mild enchilada, and was really quite good. The black beans and the rice were a nice compliment.
We ended up ordering another round of margaritas before heading out. And while we were initially a little bummed that we were not able to go the high rated La Puerta, we definitely were not disappointed in our secondary option of Las Hadas. I was definitely pleased to get some of the Baja flavors with the fresh shellfish, as well as some great margaritas. This is definitely a place worth checking out especially on Mondays. It’s really hard to beat good food and cheap margaritas!