I had the pleasure of sitting down to lunch with Ashley, the Marketing Director for Serrano’s in the Arboretum. She’s a mom of three and is working diligently at getting more families into her location.I have to admit that it’s been years since I last stepped foot into a Serrano’s. It’s not because I’ve had issues with the food or the restaurant itself, I just rarely choose to go out to Mexican restaurants unless I’m really craving it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mexican food. Come on, it’s a requirement for living in Texas, right? I can eat baskets upon baskets of chips with queso and salsa, fill up on some sizzling fajitas and wash it all down with a rita. That’s my dish and I stick to it. Occasionally I’ll stray and order nachos, tortilla soup or ceviche, but I’m just not one for enchiladas or tacos or really anything else.
On the day that I was meeting with Ashley, I was trying to plan in advance what I would order. You see, I’m working really hard at taking off the last ten pounds of baby weight (from 15 months ago, mind you) and didn’t want to eat heavy that day. I was afraid that they would have only the standard fare- fajitas, enchiladas and fried stuff that would go straight to my gut. Well, all of that worrying was a huge waste of time because the menu was one of the most extensive menus that I’ve seen at a Mexican restaurant, ever!
With a little guidance from Ashley- I needed it because I couldn’t decide- I chose a shrimp stuffed poblano pepper. Don’t ask me what it’s called. I couldn’t even pronounce it to order and my brain certainly hasn’t retained the name since. Luckily, they understood my lack of pronunciation skills and smirked kindly on me as Ashley gave the waiter my order.
The food and conversation were excellent. We talked a little about what they have to offer families in Austin- Kids Eat Free EVERY DAY of the week. She told me some history about the company and I was happy to find out that it was started 20 years ago right here in Austin, Texas! Here’s a little info taken from their website:
Serranos is a family owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin, Texas. Brothers David Quintanilla and Adam Gonzales opened the first Serranos in 1987. As the city of Austin has grown, so has Serranos. Currently there are 6 Serranos restaurants in the Austin area. Serranos is truly Austin’s Original Mesquite smoked Tex-Mex.
I realized that this would be a great feature for LiveMom. It fits all the requirements- locally owned and operated, family-friendly and excellent food. So if you are wanting to get out of the house for dinner, you want Mexican food with lots of variety and you want to feed the kids for free, head on over to Serranos in the Arboretum. Each kids eat free meal (age 12 and under) must be accompanied by an adult meal, unless your child can prove that they had perfect attendance (bring your report card, kids). Ask for Ashley, show her your card and get a free meal!!
Thanks, Serranos, for supporting families in Austin! Do you have a favorite restaurant that you want to see featured on LiveMom? If so, send me an email and I’ll get on it! Thanks Deanna for the photo.