You’ve probably heard the hype about the new Mexican place in Ridgeland called Sombra. (Sombra is a sister restaurant to Amerigo and CHAR, so that tells you something right there!) This is not just any regular found-on-every-corner Mexican place. This is what they call a “Mexican Kitchen” with more upscale, fresh Mexican food, located at The Township on Highland Colony Parkway. Our publisher got a “sneak peek” visit before they were officially open, so he can tell you more about that in another post. For now, I’ll tell you about the goods I got as our Patty Peck Take Out of the Week!
Sombra officially opened last Monday, October 10. I got take out from them on Tuesday the 11th, so I was not expecting too much, considering that they were still brand spakin’ new. I won’t bore you with the details of placing my order, but I will say, for being open only one full day, they were doing great! There were a few minor hiccups and awkward moments but overall I was very impressed with how smoothly the process went!
Tip #1: When you want to get take out, go in the side door that says “Take Out Entrance.” I did not know that door was there so one of the awkward moments was when the hostess walked me over there and explained to the person at that post what I was doing. But no big deal!
My order consisted of Chicken Nachos and Cheese Dip. I find that trying the basics is very telling of the rest of the food. I was pretty excited about this meal, particularly the cheese dip. (Confession: I’m a queso fanatic!) The guy who took my order said to come back in 10 minutes, so I ran down to Arco Avenue (new store in the Township) to visit and browse for a few before going back to Sombra to pick up my food!
When I returned, the crew inside the Take Out Entrance used my order as a little training exercise, which was kinda neat to see! They worked together going through the checklist of everything a to-go order should have: Napkins? Check. Fork? Check. The correct food? Check. Chips and Salsa? Check, check! I was set! I paid my $14 or so for these goods and was on my way back to Arco Avenue. (They were interested to see what I got.)
When I opened the box that the nachos were in, there was a unanimous “Interesting…” coming from all our mouths. These aren’t your regular found-on-every-corner Chicken Nachos. They were on cut up tortillas as opposed to chips, and each tortilla triangle had its own piece or two of cut up chicken and melted cheese on it. They had all the good fixin’s on the side: sour cream, housemade guac, pico, jalapenos, lettuce… My first bite (and every bite thereafter) was GREAT. I really liked this new style of nacho! I then tried the cheese dip. Man oh man.
Tip #2: Order the Cheese Dip! This ain’t your regular queso dip either. It had Mexican stuff in it, which raised it a couple of levels above just the plain white cheese dip at your found-on-every-corner place. I could not get enough of this stuff! Next time I’m orderin a large.
Tip #3: Dine in. I’m not discouraging take out AT ALL (they did a great job) but I hear they have some really cool drinks that you can’t get with take out! I’ve heard multiple rave reviews on their margaraitas. Plus the atmosphere is really cool. They have lots of exposed wood and brick, with lots of lights strung around. Seems like a place I could spend enjoying a long, leisurely dinner. I can’t wait to try Sombra again, dining in!
Have you tried this place yet?
Sombra Mexican Kitchen
140 Township Avenue, Suite 100
Ridgeland, MS 39157