There were several questions I had as I walked up to Luna Blanca today for lunch. 1. It is located in Holladay, and just a few miles away from the famous Lone Star Taqueria, how was it going to compare? 2. I read some reviews on Urbanspoon, and some people said that it was kinda expensive. I was pretty hungry today so I was concerned I wasn’t going to get my money’s worth. 3. I feel like I’ve been on somewhat of a dry spell for finding yummy new places to eat in SLC, so I need to break out of my slump. Was this the place that would do it for me? 4. How the royal baby in England landed the name George? I’m going to do my best to answer all these questions for you.
First pic here is the menu. I liked the menu, it was straightforward, easy to read. Just enough information for you to make a quick decision. One side had all of the food choices, and the other side had all the drink and cocktail choices. I did notice they had some in-house homemade sodas, as well as what looked like tea and lemonade up front at the bar. They didn’t offer any horchata which made me sad, so I went with the water.
Here you can see I took a picture of my water. It was in a mason jar. It had a lemon slice inside. I don’t know if Luna Blanca was playing mind games with me by giving me water in the mason jar, but someone the water seemed to taste better because of it. They even brought out an old-fashioned milk jar full of water so that we kept the H2O refreshed. Well played Luna Blanca, Well played.
Here are a few pics from inside the place. This is not a quick service place like Lonestar or Cafe Rio. You will have a waiter attend you here. The service was good here, our waitress seemed like she believed in the product and did a good job explaining the different salsa and dessert items. Another guy would come by and keep our waters refreshed. Solid service all around. One thing I appreciated was they went back and forth from Willy Nelson to Johnny Cash for the music. It was nice.
The chips and salsa were just so-so. If you take a moment to think about what separates a Mexican quick service place from a Mexican table service place are whether or not they charge for the chips and salsa. I’ve been to a ton of places where you go in and sit down, and are provided with chips and salsa. Quick service places like Lonestar or Cafe Rio, you have to order your own chips and salsa. Luna Blanca charges for their chips and salsa and I really wish it was free. The chips themselves were really thick, so thick that you could wield it as a weapon and stab someone with an edge. They are homemade chips, and I get it, but thick chips like these are built for scooping thicker, chunkier salsa types instead of runny, thin salsa. On the Luna Blanca menu, you can order guacamole, or bean dip with your chips. I think they might have been better with those two choices, I just didn’t care for them too much with the thinner salsa.
The quesadillas were a marvelous work and a wonder. Straight up some of the best I’ve ever had. They were huge for starters, and packed with a great deal of meat,black beans, and cheese. I thought the ratio of cheese to meat was perfect. The quesadillas were grilled up just right, with the tortillas being crispy and fresh. The sour cream and guacamole were nice little garnishments that made it even better.
Look at the size of this thing? It is bigger than a spent plutonium fission rod. The waitress had to use 2 hands to bring it out. The burrito looked and tasted great. It was $8 bucks for the base burrito and another $1.50 to smother it. Again, for those complaining about prices, you do realize that you are paying pretty much the same thing for anywhere else you go right? The taste here was exceptional, so this is a well worth it plate to try.
Now comes the crown jewel of our experience. I didn’t see any dessert on the menu, and wasn’t planning on ordering anything, but then our waitress said they had churro bites which were like “little bites of heaven”. I decided to roll the dice on them.
When the bites are delivered to your table, there is this presentation that comes along with it. Food of this caliber can’t simply be delivered to your table, there has to be a red carpet delivery. The bites came out in a brown paper bag that our waitress shook in front of us for about 5 seconds. She then dumped the piping hot churro morsels into a bowl. Along side the bowl was a heavenly little cup of lemon dipping sauce, although I swear it tasted more like a vanilla bean sauce you would put on a peach cobbler. This stuff was so good, I wanted to curdle up in the fetal position and cry. My co-worker and I tore through the first few pieces with reckless abandon, two grown men groaning out loud and not really giving a damn about it. We were at the last 2 pieces when we had to stop and devise a plan. We still had lots of dipping sauce and only 1 more churro bite each. I carefully took my fork and broke up my last churro bite into 4 pieces, and poured the rest of the sauce on top of each piece. The idea behind this was the maximize the surface to sauce garnishment ratio. My last bite, and got lots of sauce, which at this point had mixed in with the cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the bowl. The result was one of the best bites of bliss that has ever passed through my mouth cavity. I seriously wanted to pull out a gun, and go back into the kitchen, and demand them start making more churro bites, so I could slowly eat myself to death with them. They were that good.
I really liked Luna Blanca. The chips were a disappointment, but the food was great, and the dessert was 100% pure win. Go there and try it out!