Let me set the scene for this particular Mystery Diner experience:
It was a longer and more mentally exhausting day at work than usual. I was looking forward to meeting up with my guest for some much-awaited dinner, though I was borderline hangry (hungry + angry) and the obnoxious hungry tummy rumbles needed to be remedied with some quality eats in large portions for reasonable prices as soon as humanly possible.
Enter Hacienda La Flor De Morelos at 212 Mitchell Drive in Plano.
According to the restaurant’s website, its Plano location has been open since late 2018 after business boomed for its sister restaurant, La Flor de Morelos Taqueria in Plainfield. The restaurant’s biography said both restaurants were born with the owner’s desire to re-create their mother’s home cooking while growing up in Morelos, a southern central state in Mexico, and it definitely showed in the restaurant’s hospitality and their food.
As we stepped through the restaurant’s front door, we were greeted by pleasant staff, who showed us to our seats. The dining area looking clean and inviting. The booth that we were seated in was comfortable and I thought the interior decor was pretty, as well.
Shortly after being seated, our server brought some chips and salsa to snack on while we waited for our meals. After we ate a few chips – which we thought tasted great and weren’t too salty, with the salsa not being overwhelmingly spicy – we decided to get a side of guacamole to eat with the chips, as well.
We both thought the guac was unlike any we’ve had up to this point, but it still tasted good. It almost reminded us of pico de gallo with the type of texture it had.
Since it was a longer day than usual, I figured I would treat myself to the house’s classic margarita. The only thing that could have made the experience better is if we bought the drink on a Wednesday, when it would have been on sale. We did not buy the drink on a sale date, and we only have ourselves to blame for that one.
I ordered the three enchiladas with green salsa, served with rice and beans. I can never say no to any enchilada, since I’m such a glutton for cheese and most things spicy, and this dish didn’t disappoint; per the restaurant’s website, you really can taste the tomatillo and cumin, the chicken was cooked and seasoned well, and the salsa was spicy in the most delightful, sinus-clearing way. Heads up, if spice isn’t really your thing.
Despite me being so hungry during this visit, I wasn’t able to finish all of my enchiladas meal in one sitting – filling up on delicious chips and salsa will forever be my downfall at Mexican restaurants. However, I think it’s worth mentioning that the dish still tasted great reheated about a day or two later.
My guest ordered the giant quesadilla with chicken, also served with rice and beans. They said the chicken was cooked very well and there was just the right balance of meat and cheese in the quesadilla and, overall, they were happy with their selection.
My guest and I shared the same thoughts about the beans and rice that came with both of our meals. The refried beans were just the right amount of creamy and piping hot, and the rice was tasty, as well.
Although we didn’t take advantage of it during this visit, the restaurant also has a breakfast menu, including dishes such as breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, a dish with fried or poached eggs served on a tortilla with salsa. It also includes my personal favorite Mexican breakfast dish, chilaquiles – a dish with tortilla chips, salsa and cheese that also is typically served with eggs.
All in all, I would recommend Hacienda La Flor De Morelos to a friend and definitely would come back to dine there – if only to try some chilaquiles next time!
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Record Newspapers. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. The Mystery Diner is not intended to be a restaurant critic but does highlight the parts of a dining experience that he/she can recommend.