If you work or live in the Millcreek, Utah area, you are familiar with this area and building. I’ve driven by it a hundred times, and have seen the Tres Hombres sign on top. Of all the Mexican restaurants in Salt Lake City, Tres Hombres perhaps has the coolest space and building with the most history. (Blue Iguana is in that mix too) The building has been around since the 60′s where it used to be a carpet store, you really get a sense of that space from inside the restaurant with its high ceilings and natural light coming in. A colleague and I tried it out for lunch today.
You can tell a lot of attention and love has gone into the decoration of this restaurant. It was top-notch. The mural in the back was museum quality, the art work and colors were bright and really stood out. Tres Hombres has a really cool vibe to it.
Our waitress started out our meal with some fresh chips and salsa, pretty standard for a sit down Mexican restaurant. The flavor and quality however, were anything but standard. The chips were exactly how a tortilla chip is supposed to be prepared and served. They were thin and lightly salted, but strong enough to hold the weight of the salsa, so dipping was a breeze. When I asked about the chips, I was told that they are made in-house in an old donut fryer. Awesome! The salsa was excellent as well. It wasn’t too chunky, or too runny. It had a nice cantina style consistency to it. I literally could have sat there and had chips and salsa all day long and would have been perfectly happy. Our waitress gladly brought out refills after we went through the first round, and we had them refreshed throughout the entire meal. This is important because sometimes with Mexican dishes, you want to have tortilla chips around for dipping in something other than salsa. This is especially true for refried beans and rice. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent chips and salsa!
I went with the Carnitas Tacos plate. There were elements I really enjoyed about it, and others I did not. First the positives. I really liked how Tres Hombres prepared the tortillas. They felt like a cross between a soft shell and a hard shell, lightly fried. They had a nice crunchy texture to them. The carnitas had a really good flavor to them as well, which was good because the taco was the center piece of the plate. The guacamole has had me thinking all day. I usually like a thicker guacamole where you can really see the smashed avocado. This guacamole was a bit thinner and reminded me of something I might find at a taco cart. The salsa however, was really good, and I liked how it mixed in with the guacamole. I personally have never been a huge fan of Mexican rice and refried beans, but if you like them, they were prepared well. Overall it was a solid dish.
My coworker ordered the ultimate barometer of a Mexican restaurant and that is the Chile Rellenos. What I liked about the dish, is they used some really large chiles and the portion size is definitely going to take care of your hunger. The only thing I would change here is the chile rellenos breading was a bit thick, and somewhat drowned out the taste of the chile. The cheese on the inside was great, and so was the accompanying salsa. Tres Hombres really does well with their sauces.
For dessert we went with the famous Tres Leches cake. They give you an option between chocolate and caramel. If you are not familiar with Tres Leches, it is Spanish for “Three Milks”. Traditionally tres leches comes with condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream, hence the three types of milk, but the really as long as you have a moist sponge cake doused with dairy, you tres leches. As you can see from the picture, Tres Hombres makes sure that the cake is nice and baptized in all sorts of liquid gooey wonderfulness. We both loved the dessert, and would definitely have it again.
Not pictured in the review are any of the margaritas that Tres Leches makes. They are well-known for their selection. They also offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks to go along. The one complaint I had of the beverage selection was the absence of horchata. Mexican restaurants HAVE to serve horchata!
Tres Hombres is a solid lunch time choice for their menu selection and delicious chips and salsa. The dining experience was outstanding, and the restaurant beautifully decorated.