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Cyclone Anaya's - Addison

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FoodieDiva Oct 27, 2008 09:31 PM

A friend and I just checked out the Cyclone Amaya that just opened (a couple weeks ago) in Addison on Beltline and Montfort and were THOROUGHLY impressed.

The decor is warm and inviting...lots of contrasting wood, metal sculptures and unique lighting. loved the way the place is set up..the bar is near the entrance with some leather booths surrounding it...a nice dining room with white table cloths...the kitchen is open at the back of the dining room...very inviting and comfortable.

We started with the queso appetizer...Our waiter, Ivan, suggested adding mushrooms or spinach to the queso....we chose some spinach and munched on the warm chips and salsa while we waited. The salsa here is excellent. Deep red with cilantro and just the right amount of heat. Queso arrived...glad we chose the spinach...it was SO good. Creamy and not too thick....addictive.

The prices here are not bad....we expected much higher just based on the decor and the part of town we were in. I think the most expensive dish was $24. ...I chose the Tacos Al Carbon while he got the Pollo Jalisco.

My dish was HUGE. There is enough meat in each taco to easily make *2* tacos. It arrived with a side of black bean soup (you had your choice of beans)...mexican rice, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and pico. I chose chicken fajita (again, you have your choice) the meat was grilled and tender. Very large portions, easy enough to share. I could only eat half a taco (but that could be because i gorged on the Queso...lol)

His pollo Jalisco (described as A large chicken breast sautéed in our special cilantro butter, topped with mushrooms, chipotle peppers and our chardonnay cream sauce. Served with Mexican rice, beans, avocado slices and grilled vegetables.) was HUMONGOUS. I swear it was the biggest chicken breast I've ever seen. The chicken was so tender it almost melted in your mouth....

Desert was probably the highlight of it for me. I'm usually not a huge desert person. They offer a "chef's trio"...you choose three of their desserts, and they are brought to you on one plate, smaller in portions, but large enough to share. We chose the tres leches, carrot cake and flan. Put it this way.........i would have licked the plate clean. Probably one of the best tres leches i've had in a LONG while...and the carrot cake wasn't the overly sweet kind you usually get...the frosting was sweet without being overpowering, and the cake was moist! The flan was thick and smooth....covered in a caramel sauce. All of their deserts are made IN HOUSE.

Ivan, our wonderful waiter, made us feel right at home. He explained everything, and also offered up that you can add/remove anything to almost every dish they offer...you can even have shrimp rellenos if you like. He kept our drinks filled and they also do the box-ups of left overs tableside, which i LOVE.

They currently have 5 locations. Three are in Houston, one is downtown Dallas and then the newest one in Addison. They are also opening one in Ft Worth soon...

Let me know what you think...i hope the food and the service are as good all the time as they were tonight.....it's nice to see a restaurant opened the right way.

http://www.cycloneanaya.com/home.htm

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    dejacobs RE: FoodieDiva Oct 28, 2008 07:48 PM

    I had lunch there on Monday. Nice decor... The salsa was on the bitter side, and the table cloth on the table was dirty when we were seated. We ordered guacamole, which was good. My chicken enchilada was very mediocre, and our waitress was slow and not very attentive. In all, quite mediocre.

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      mjtx RE: dejacobs May 7, 2009 06:44 PM

      We tried to eat there a couple of weeks ago. We walked in, were seated, chips and salsa came and that was the last we saw of anyone. They were not busy (many empty tables) and we waited 15-20 minutes and never saw a waiter. We finally walked out and went somewhere else for dinner

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        lynny_lynny RE: mjtx May 10, 2009 05:05 PM

        I go there for happy hour. The drinks are great and reasonable. Decent tequilas and decent decor. I never had a problem with the service, but maybe we were lucky. The food is a little better than mediocre, and it helps that I can stumble home from there on foot...no harm no foul.

    2. air RE: FoodieDiva May 14, 2009 06:09 AM

      Most of their menu is overpriced and I only go to the location in Addison for happy hour. $7 is a good price for their margaritas. Wouldn't actually eat their food because of experiences in Houston. The food is comparable to Ninfa's, Pappasitos, or Lupe Tortilla - acceptable but not memorable.

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        Chow Hounds RE: FoodieDiva Dec 17, 2009 12:27 PM

        There are some MAJOR problems with this restaurant and has turned into a terrible waste of potential. When my wife and I first started going there it had great margaritas even though they were very expensive and now is poorly mixed by untrained bartenders. The service was fair; the best part was it was located close to my office and home.
        Now the SERVICE HAS TURNED SLOPPY!!!! And the restaurant has steadily declined to the point of being nothing but a spectacular building. On weekends the music is so loud that it feels more like a bar than a restaurant and the music is bleeding into the dining room!!!!! we couldn’t even hear our guests next to us. The food has become a major disappointment and much too expensive and a terrible waste of your money for what you’re getting. I say try Blue Goose Cantina 14920 Midway Road, or Chipotle across the street at 3771 Belt Line both in Addison - you may have to wait, but it will be worth it and more authentic.

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        5225 Belt Line Rd Ste 240, Dallas, TX 75254

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          foodiedfw RE: Chow Hounds Dec 18, 2009 07:22 AM

          I am not a Cyclone Anaya's fan. People I know from Houston swear by it, but I just don't get. I have given the one on Oak Lawn a number of chances and am just not a fan. Up in the Addison area, I like the Blue Goose just south of Beltline on Midway, I also like Carolina's off 190 and Rosemeade and am excited to try to new Mexican restaurant going in the old Two Rows space on the Tollroad.

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            localhero RE: foodiedfw Dec 18, 2009 05:46 PM

            The new restaurant in the old Two Rows spot (Dallas Parkway south of Trinity Mills) is called Los Cabos and it's very good. In the same league as Uncle Julios. Give it a try.

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              uninvited guest RE: foodiedfw Dec 22, 2009 11:00 AM

              Live and eat in the N. Dallas/Plano area and strongly agree that Carolina's Mexican Cuisine at Rosemeade and 190 is very good. Best Mexican food joint to open north of NW Highway in a looooong time. Finnaly don't have to make the trek way south to eat something that doesn't taste like it was zapped in a microwave! I'm shocked the bar scene there hasn't taken off as well: they serve $3 any draft till 7:00 everyday and they have like 30 beers on tap and have really good margaritas.

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