Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Chicken Fajita Burrito - Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
"Chicken Fajita Burrito"
Olympus E-P2 with 17mm
1/400s, f/2.8, ISO 200, +0.7 EV

While running around our end of Orlando, the wife and I ate lunch at the latest local eatery to open near us, the Lime Fresh Mexican Grill located in the Whole Foods shopping plaza at the intersection of West Sand Lake and Turkey Lake roads.

My wife is now a member of Groupon, and she'd gotten a $15 off coupon for $7. We both ordered the chicken fajita burrito with sour creme on the side. When they took off the $15 Groupon we wound up owing a little over five dollars. I gave them a ten, then dropped the change into the tip jar. We came out saving four dollars.

In spite of the higher price you might pay over at our Chipotle down the street, or one of the many Del Taco, Toco Bell's, or Moe's, the food you get at Lime Fresh is truly fresh. My wife and I compared it with other Tex/Mex eateries we've been too, and we decided it's comparable to Chipotle's, and far better than everybody else, especially Moe's.

Once we placed our order, we waited a very short time at a table for it to be delivered. Once it arrived, another employee quickly came to us and asked if we wanted to sample some of their salsas. We said yes, and he quickly returned with the small sample platter you see below.

Salsa Sample Platter - Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
"Salsa Sampler Platter"
Orlando Olympus E-P2 with 17mm
1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 200, +0.7 EV

The store is brand new and designed differently from just about every other store we've been to over the past few years. While it has a southwest-style design motif to it, it's wide open allowing outside light to completely fill up the inside of the store. The interior booths, for example, have windows in the walls, adding to the feeling of openness.

Interior - Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Olympus E-P2 with 17mm
1/400s, f/3.2, ISO 800, -0.3 EV

The food was excellent and the staff friendly and fast. It looks to be a great place to eat for just about every age demographic, although I'd have to say it's aimed more towards the younger patron.

Olympus E-P2 with 17mm
1/40s, f/2.8, ISO 200, +0.7 EV

We were favorably impressed with Lime Fresh, and intend to go back and sample some of their other meals. While it won't take the place of Chipotle, it is a nice alternative. Good variety is always the spice of life.

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