Restaurant Review: Agave

Guys, I have found a hidden Cabbagetown gem that I just have to tell you about! If you didn't know about them already, let me introduce you to Agave restaurant. This quant spot is a southwestern eatery and tequila bar. You really can't go wrong with a combo like that! Plus, they've been open for 17 years so they must be doing something right.

Recently, I got to taste out their new menu and let me tell you something, it was amazing! Everything we tasted was delicious and we left completely stuffed because we couldn't (really wouldn't) stop eating. We started the night off with two margaritas, some guac, and the most amazing queso. 

I've had A LOT of queso in my life and this queso fundito was probably one of the best i've ever tasted! They baked tons of cheddar and mozzarella over chorizo and topped it with pico de gallo, sour cream, and cilantro. If that doesn't already have you drooling, we just can't be friends. 

The next appetizer we had was the huevos poblanos. This was equally amazing! Just look at that egg! This poblano pepper is stuffed with charred tomato serrano stone ground grits (yum!), a fried egg, lime crema, and some fresh cilantro. It was gone way too quickly!

For our entrees, we got the stuffed mountain trout tomatillo (above) and the chipotle shrimp & grits (below). Seriously, I am still dreaming about this trout. It was that good! This trout is stuffed (& when I say stuffed, like really stuffed) with crawfish, mushrooms, onions, and basil. It is then put over a bed of rice and roasted tomatillo sauce. The combination is amazing and comes with a ton of food!

The chipotle shrimp & grits were also amazingly delicious. I am a huge fan of shrimp and grits, but had never had them with a southwestern flare. Boy, I was really missing out! Plus, these aren't just any basic grits...these are blue cheese stone ground grits. Can it get much better you ask? Yes, yes it can, because the grits are topped with fresh gulf shrimp that are sautéed with chipotle chilies, onion, zucchini, squash, and then drizzled with an aged balsamic vinegar. This is a must try dish!

At the end, we dug down deep to find some room for a few desserts. I rarely order dessert at a restaurant (i'm more of an ice cream cone kind of girl), but these were pretty dang tasty. The key lime pie really hit it out of the park! I've never loved key lime pie, but this one completely changed my mind. It was super fresh, creamy, and just melted in your mouth. We also tried the creme caramel flan, which was pretty good but couldn't compete with the key lime pie. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this spot! It is small and quant, making it perfect for a date night or intimate dinner. It would also be a good spot for a little birthday dinner celebration. Everything we tried on the new menu was amazing and i'm sure the items we didn't taste are equally amazing! Be sure to head down and give them some love. I promise you will not be disappointed!

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