A Table for How Many? at Amigo Joe's
5901 Southwest Avenue
Open for One Week
It's never fair to judge a restaurant that has been open for one week. It's kind to give them some time to get their act together -- especially when confronted with a large group. Our dinner club offered no such kindness to Amigo Joe's. We descended upon the restaurant right after it opened -- it still didn't have a website or to-go menus printed -- and we expected quality. Impressively, Amigo Joe's delivered.
Amigo Joe's handled our large party like old pros. In fact, the staff did a better job than most restaurants in town that have been around for far longer. Drinks were kept filled, meals all arrived to our table quickly and at the same time, and the check was correct.
Despite the outstanding service we received at this new joint, our members were hard pressed to find something that set it apart from the scores of other local and chain restaurants serving up chips, salsa and fajitas. The moist, white meat chicken was a plus, though, as was the two-buck margarita special (lime and on the rocks).
Most club members left saying that they might return if they happened to be nearby. If enough neighborhood residents take interest in this decent Mexican joint nestled within a sea of Italian restaurants on The Hill, we might have a very happy Joe.
Stefani Pollack is the author of the food blogs Cupcake Project and Food Interviews. She is also a member of the St. Louis Dinner Club. She blogs about her large-group dining experiences twice a month for Gut Check.