dinner in keokuk, iowa - need help.
Fiesta Jalisco, on Main Street, is perfect for a light, authentic
lunch. The year-old restaurant is owned by Jose Perez, who
brings favorites from his home state of Jalisco, Mexico, cooked
as though he were indeed home. The region borders the Pacific
Ocean—Puerta Vallerta is in Jalisco—and Perez’ specialities include
sublimely done fish served, as most orders are, with fresh
Iowa vegetables. The margaritas are to die for.
Further down Main Street is Stan’s Pastry Shop. There can still
be a line at 1 p.m. waiting for cream horns and cream puffs, the
specialties of the house. The air smells sweetly of fresh butter and
what a difference a day makes caramelized sugar and the racks are filled with cookies and breads, but it is the cream-filled pastries that bring in the crowd.
Stan’s Pastry Shop
814 Main St., Keokuk
719 Main St., Keokuk
we rolled into downtown keokuk around 6:30, drove to the downtown area, and stopped at fiesta jalisco for dinner. my boss wasn't too sure about this place and the whole chowhound thing, but he went with an open mind.
smallish place (~20 tables) and it was about half full. not bad for a wednesday night. nice selection of mexican beers. heard quite a few people ordering the margaritas. a big fresh-made basket of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa (a little too mild but nothing that a shot of cholula couldn't fix) showed up. the menu is huge, almost overwhelming. i had tacos del carbon in corn tortillas. three of them. the carbon was fantastic. served with a nice pico de gallo, queso & bean dip, and a zesty red sauce. down right outstanding. my boss had chicken & steak fajitas that cam with rice & beans. he was very impressed. two meals + 3 beers = $26. bargain.
one of the waiters cashed me out at the register. i told him that we were from detroit and that we came to the fiesta soley based on a rec i had received on chowhound and told him that the food was outstanding. he smiled and shook his head. i then gave him a print out of the rec i brought with me and told him he should hang it on the wall. he looked at me like i was kind of crazy, smiled, and thanked me again.
thanx again, devotay.
This is good to know...my parents live in Quincy, and while I can't remember the last time I was in Keokuk, it's good to know there is something edible there. Didn't the owners of Tiramisu in Quincy open a location there for a while? Didn't last long, as I recall. The Quincy location is going strong, I know.