2085 Colonial Drive at Centennial Drive
Hoover, AL 35216
Laura has been to Iguana Grill umpteen times, and I was glad to finally be able to try it. We were going on a weekday for dinner, on the early side, so parking was not a problem, though Laura warned me it could be madness during the weekend. Iguana Grill does have a slight edge other other Mexican places in “Guadala-Hoover” as there’s a bit more authenticity: the shopping center IG is located in has a mercado and lavanderia.
Laura instructed me to prepare myself for the beautifully decorated interior. And it did not disappoint. The theme was lights and Mexican handicrafts. High ceilings added to the look. Apparently Iguana Grill took over some space next door, so there is plenty of room to dine and wine.
Pro tip: as Laura is an Iguana Grill expert, she made sure to order us the secret special salsa that you have to request; it’s not the default one that arrives with the complimentary chips. I found myself preferring it too.
We decided to share a liter (I believe that was the quantity listed on the menu) of margaritas. As Iguana Grill has no website, much less an online menu, I can’t exactly recall the names of things or prices, but I believe the liter was about $15 and contained approximately four cups of margarita. The tequila sure did make its presence known. I like myself a strong margarita. But no happy hour, alas. No bueno.
Being a copycat, I ordered the same entree as Laura, the burrito al carbon which comes with beans and rice on the side. My burrito arrived, and I dove right into it. How can you not love any item doused in white cheese? Mmm.
Laura and I decided to go all out and order dessert. But wisely, we decided to split the fried ice cream. Good thing too, since I couldn’t have completed it on my own. The fried ice cream was fine (I remember lots of whipped cream) and a sweet way to end the meal.
Bathrooms were clean, I do recall. Iguana Grill, you’ve earned my seal of approval.