461 Queen St, Southington, CT | Directions 0648941.629400 -72.873708
Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Cold beer – We have been here a few times primarily to watch a basketball game that our cable company wasn't carrying. There are ample TV's, the food is acceptable and the beer is cold - enough said.
I was dissapointed – I had seen commercials about this restaurant and heard people talk about it and it sounded good. When I actually ate there I was very dissapointed. The Agave Grill is a tex-mex restaurant, although it seems that they wasnt to make it more Mexican. They do not do a very good job of it. The food is very plain and bland. The dish I had tasted like they bought it at Stop & Shop and just heated it up in a microwave. The only person in my family who thought their meal was decent was my daughter. And she ordered off the kid's menu! Also, they make their own guacamole. When the guacamole didn't come with her meal, my wife asked for it. She asked the waitress twice, and when she didn't come with it, she asked another waiter. He never brought it either. Once again, my whole family was very dissapointed.
Very ho-hum tex mex food that is average at best – Agave is one of 2 restaurants, one in Hartford and one in Southington, run by the Hartford Restaurant Group. I ate at the Southington location last night and was disappointed by the food. Agave?s menu offered typical tex-mex, but tries to add new creations with a Mexican flavor. The restaurant?s name comes from the blue agave plant used to make authentic Tequila. There are murals depicting agave field harvesting decorating the restaurant walls. This might be a clue about the restaurant's forte which certainly isn?t it?s food.
The meal started off well for me when our server made guacamole fresh at our table in a big green mortar and pestle bowl. I think its hard to mess up guacamole and though ours tasted great to me, one of my companions got large chunks of raw onion in her scoops. The ubiquitous baskets of chips were salty, which I liked, but tasted like they were out of a bag. If McDonalds can fry their own french-fries then how hard is it for a Mexican place to fry its own corn tortilla chips?
Skipping the appetizers, I had the soft fish tacos as a main course. They were in a flour tortilla, not corn, and were served covered with a citrus salsa that I can only try to describe. The citrus was bitter and the whole thing tasted like vinegar. Imagine some one mixed cream and tequila and poured it over your fish. We sent this back and got the Lobster Enchiladas instead. These came covered in a white jack cheese and flanked on each side with a somber pile of rice and beans. The cheese was overwhelming and bland. The lobster, once we found a piece, tasted fishy and frozen. Also had the Tilapia en Tortilla, which I foolishly thought was tilapia fish wrapped in a flour or corn tortilla. Instead what we got was a fish fried in a breading made of crumbed tortilla bits. This was actually the best thing we had.
I think there are also many places in CT to get really great tex-mex food but Agave is not one of them.
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