Habanero's Mexican Grill
In a word: The neighborhood Qdoba/Chipotle.
JM ate the carnitas torta.
Nichole ate the plain quesadilla.
Ross ate the steak burrito.
Sam ate the tacos.
The bill was about $30, or $7.50/person, plus tip.
JM, Nichole, Ross, and Sam gave Habanero's an A- (see our grading rubric).
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Habanero's makes a very tasty eponymous salsa, with a heat that is sinus-clearing but not burning. They could use a little practice getting customers through the line, but in many respects have everything your average build-your-own-Mexican-entree place does, with the added benefit of being local and probably friendlier.
JM got a carnitas torta and brought half home. Tortas always have an interesting mouth feel and this one was no exception. This one included an ample serving of meat, a fried egg, cheese, pico de gallo, and some tomatillo salsa that balanced the large, slightly bready roll. It warmed up quite well, too.
The prettiest dish anyone assembled was the taco trio - Sam's chicken was all white meat, quite juicy and flavorful, topped with leaf lettuce, onions, and a dash of cheese. Ross's burrito took a while to arrive, mostly because the red meat was cooked to order instead of sitting in a steam tray. He added rice, corn salsa, cheese, lettuce, pinto beans, sour cream, and onions - basically the works. Like the chains, Habanero's offers "burrito bowls" for those who want to avoid carbs. On the other hand, beverages on offer didn't include diet soda (though tumbling vats of horchata and lemonade were on display).
Nichole had a bit of an off night, trying only a plain quesadilla, but was satisfied. Adding guacamole added interest, though there was a rather large chunk of unripe avocado in the cup that detracted from the quality.
Bottom line: Habanero's is filling, cheap, and fresh, and worth a call (which you could do from your home since they deliver).