But, it seems, you could not seem to find that "something special" that makes a restaurant sparkle with imagination and vitality. Not until very recently, that is, when Viejo's opened at the south end of Main Street in Bastrop. I had heard friends talk about having been to Viejo's and they raved about it. Being the
But honestly, I was blown away on my first visit. The margaritas are hand mixed from fresh juices and other ingredients and served in elegant goblets or martini glasses. I tried three different margaritas, all of them well-balanced, flavorful (the Basil Antigua and the Jalapeno Hibiscus are my two top favorites) and icy cold. They paired beautifully with the taco menu, which offers a nice variety and generous portions for a very reasonable amount of your hard-earned cash. Try the Tacos al Pastor and the Vera Cruz. Ammmmmazing.
|The Basil Antigua margarita at Viejo's|
This small space has a lot going for it: a beautiful courtyard with a large fountain where diners can enjoy their drinks and meals outside, an inside dining space (which is a bit crowded and noisy due to the heavy furniture and lack of acoustic treatment), and a rather narrow and small but cozy bar where you can sample some pretty tasty tequilas. The vibrant aquamarine blue of the bar walls, the mirrors and the copper-toned punched-tin hanging lights make this a fun, funky place to hang out and sip some great drinks. The service is competent and very pleasant. I'm not crazy about the large TV tuned in to college football in the bar, but it seems that TVs are everywhere these days. Viejo's attracts a very young crowd, especially on weekend nights in the bar and courtyard area, where they also offer live music, and I think we all know how Texans feel about their sports. They are fervently in relationship with their favorite teams as much as possible.
The restaurant menu is limited to mostly tacos and appetizers, but I'm in favor of that since that's what Joe Oviedo and his siblings do best. I have seldom been able to say this about meals that I have eaten out, but you can taste the love and the family history in every bite at Viejo's. Your tastebuds will want to fall to their knees at the altar of the Mexican soul food that the Oviedos do so well.
|The bar menu at Viejo's|