After visiting the Three Rivers Arts Fest, we were excited to enjoy a cool beverage and a hot meal. When I go to an outdoor festival, I crave elote or some other grilled corn. When we were in Seattle for our wedding, we visited the Ballard Seafood Festival and enjoyed the corn stand. I loved the spice options. I am not sure why there are not corn stands in Pittsburgh, but to get my fix we headed to Las Velas. Las Velas is located in Market Square. It is a short walk from the point and was shockingly empty for dinner on a Saturday night.
We started with beverages. Pierre chose the Raspberry Cayenne margarita. It was a little sweet for me, but just right for him. We liked the added heat of the chipotle.
I went with some tequila because when a restaurant has 150 tequilas, I feel like it is necessary. Our waitress helped me pick one.
The chips and salsa were one of the stars. The chips were served warm and are clearly made in house. The salsa had a little kick. Others have noted that there is a nominal fee for the chips and salsa. To me, that is typical of the pricier Mexican-style fare restaurants.
For one entree, we chose the Steak Enchiladas. When ordering, Las Velas offers red, green, or mole sauce. We asked to have all three sauces on our plate. All were excellent. We enjoyed the mole, but I would have trouble eating a whole plate of it. I would probably order the green sauce if I had to pick just one. With each entree, there are two sides. We picked pinto beans as two of the four total sides. They were creamy and everything I hope for when ordering beans.
I ordered the Three Tacos Mexican Style on corn tortillas. I ordered chorizo, carnitas, and veggies with habarracha salsa. It was hot but yummy. I was not a fan of the tacos. The fillings were good but a little sparse. The tortillas were slightly stale. I would order the enchiladas on our next visit and skip the tacos. We will go back for the enchiladas.
In addition to beans, we ordered the creamy poblanos. So good. Creamy, cheesy, and smokey.
And of course, what we went to enjoy, elote.