When I first walked into Cabo Grille in San Benito, comfort washed over me. The worries and struggles of a long and tiring day slowly became a distant memory as I sunk myself into my booth, suddenly already refreshed a bit and looking forward to the task at hand – eating.
The inside ambiance, the Tuscan colors and soft music deepened my comfort and the food spoke to me, telling me to stay for the duration of the evening.
Needless to say (but I will say anyway), it was an enjoyable experience. Add to it the incredible Happy Hour deals, made with Winter Texans in mind, and this former San Antonio establishment has made itself a good home in the Rio Grande Valley.
I asked my server Lexi what she would recommend, and she did not disappoint. Unlike those who say, “Oh, everything is great,” Lexi immediately recommended to me her favorites and what the most popular dishes were.
After a few questions, my mind was set – I went for the calamari as an appetizer and the Camaron (shrimp) Angeles.
The large serving of calamari accompanied by two dipping sauces that complemented the large, battered rings of calamari.
What I especially liked about this plate was that the rings were large, and, unlike onion rings, they were not firm or stiff. Calamari is a flimsy meat – rubber band like – and crammed into batter with no room to breathe takes away from its flavor, leaving the batter taste overwhelming.
Instead, I received calamari the way it should be prepared. The outside was light and flavor-packed and made for a great combination with the large pieces of meat inside. Definitely a winning combination.
Next up was the Camaron Angeles, shrimp stuffed with peppers and white cheese, wrapped in bacon, and nicely placed on top a bed of white rice. A mild splash of an Asian sauce gave the dish an incredible explosion of taste and the shrimp/bacon/cheese combination made the dish exquisite.
Upon finishing my meal, I took in the entire place in. Some Winter Texans sat at the bar and another group sat at a table, adult beverage accompanying each as they perused the menu.
They looked relaxed too – just not as relaxed as me after this wonderful and calming experience. I will definitely be back.