It's not your typical taco joint. The cuisine is what you might find at Chef Marquez' own home if you went for dinner at his casa -- and I think you'll be impressed.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
I started out in the bar noshing on some chips and salsa and tasting a great margarita. Then someone passed an appetizer of Panela Cheese Zarandeado that immediately grabbed my attention. It was Panela cheese marinated in chipotle sauce and spices, then grilled and served with chips and guacamole. I only tasted the cheese and it was a little fiesta that I would order again (and not share). When I say that I'm not going to share something, that's 5 stars in my book.
I enjoyed a delightful tasting menu during a recent media dinner so I was able to sample many of the restaurant's featured dishes. The Aztec Shrimp Ceviche Mini Tostada (shrimp/tilapia marinated in key lime and spice, grilled cactus leaves, pasilla pepper, tomato, cilantro, onions) was delicious and beautifully paired with the Nobilio Sauvignon Blanc.
The best entree on the menu without a doubt was Bolo's Mahi. Grilled mahi atop white rice with fresh avocado, olive oil, roasted garlic, jalapeno slices and crushed chile de arbol. I could almost hear Dr. Oz standing behind me saying, "Yes, amiga; this is what I've been talking about." It was light and delicious and the tastiest dish on the menu. $20.95 and worth every penny.
The Chocolate Tamale was the perfect dessert. It was even better when served with Kahlua Midnight -- a 70 proof blend of rum and delicious black coffee liqueur. Oh yeah, it's midnight somewhere!
My Take on Lazaranda:
I will definitely return to Lazaranda and bring my amigos!