Garibaldi Family Mexican Restaurant
The last time I checked, the Mexican restaurant on Edgewater (sharing the building that used to house Reader's Guide book store before ownership changed) was named La Primavera. Now the name is Garibaldi Family Mexican Restaurant, but the phone number is the same.
When N and I opened the door and walked in, we were warmly greeted with, "Hola, amigos!", and escorted to a booth near the window. The customary warm chips, salsa and beans were brought to our table and for the first time ever both of us made short work of not one or the other, but both the beans and the salsa. The beans were a nice thickness with mild seasoning. The salsa had more of a blended quality than most, wasn't over powered by cilantro and had some spice without burning my lips. We both ordered a glass of iced tea, which definitely tasted fresh brewed and was kept full during our entire stay.
I browsed their 3-4 page menu, looking for something different, something to jump off the page. I chose the Quirago Burrito. The menu said it was filled with marinated pork, cilantro, tomatoes, onion and secret spices from La Abuela. N also picked a burrito, the Asado filled with skirt steak, rice and beans.
My burrito came with pinto beans and rice, both of which were flavorful and delicious. The burrito may be my new favorite Mexican dish. The pork served up exactly what I hoped it would--a mouthful of flavor. Such a nice surprise, as I usually end up asking for salsa to jazz up a bland meal at Mexican restaurants. N on the other hand, thought his dish was okay, but lacked enough flavor to make it a winner. This time he was the one who used the salsa.
The interior of the Garibaldi, is nicely decorated with terra cotta colored paint, dark green or blue tiles and healthy plants. It's clean and very well tended with areas large enough to bring a big family group. They do serve margaritas and beer, and they have an adjoining cantina off of the dining area.
Amigos, go check out Garibaldi the next time you're in the mood for Mexican food.
Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a wk
1111 Edgewater St NW
Salem, OR 97304