A Taste of Mexico in Chester.
The quaint town of Chester is now also the setting for a "fresh" new Mexican restaurant called Fresco de Noche. I was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity and true freshness of their cuisine. The vibrant blue walls and Mexican art immediately set the mood as well as the cheery disposition of partner and "spokesmodel", Carlos Cervantes. I knew that we were off to a good start when we were offered homemade lemonade or hibiscus tea.
Did you say homemade? Yes, everything is made from scratch including the complimentary chips and three salsas that start every meal. Their menu has the standard Mexican fare but it is also sprinkled with a host of specials. I chose a weekly special called Chiles en Nogada, an artisanal dish that dates back 200 years, for $19.95. I thoroughly enjoyed the spicy green chile pepper stuffed with savory meat with a hint of sweetness, covered in a creamy walnut sauce and speckled with the acidity of pomegranate seeds. It was a complete feast for all senses of the palate. My friend, a vegetarian, ordered the San Luis for $6.95, a tortilla wrap filled with grilled vegetables, lettuce, tomato, Monterrey Jack and a chipotle sour cream spread. She continuously muttered the word fresh with every bite. Although I had ordered the home-made lemonade, she insisted that I had to try the coffee. And she was right. The coffee is a delicious Mexican blend with a hint of cinnamon making sugar almost optional for those of us who like sugar in our coffee. It perfectly accompanied dessert, Pastel 3 Leches, a homemade cake soaked in three milks (condensed, whole and evaporated) and brandy. Need I say more?
Fresco de Noche is located at 137 Main Street in Chester, NJ, 908-955-7222. Their website is frescodenoche.com. They are open 7 days a week, are now also open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, and offer full catering services. This is Fresco's second location. Their first location which opened about 4 years ago is in Flanders. They are a BYOB so bring your beer, wine or indulge in their margarita machines at both locations or their strawberry and piña colada mixers in Chester. Just bring your favorite tequila and Fresco will do the rest. They will also be opening a Mexican novelty shop within the next few weeks. The shop will be selling Mexican food items, artisan pottery and artwork.
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