Longtime Fridge Magnet reader Dennis Mitchell is often our extra pair of eyes and ears in the Salem area. Dennis and his wife appreciate good food and say they’ve found it at a new Mexican restaurant called Xinachtli, which has opened in the former location of Claudia’s Blues Cafe at College and E. Main.
I’m not sure how the name is pronounced, but we’re gathering more info here at the old RT. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from Dennis’ e-mails:
“Xinachtli, a Mexican restaurant, is now open on E. Main at the corner of College and Main, where Claudia’s used to be. Diane and I ate lunch there today and it was AWESOME!!
I had enchiladas w/ two fried eggs on top; served on top of a red or green sauce, I chose red. Outstanding, quite different from what I’ve had before. Di had flautas, deep fried corn tortillas filled w/ chicken w/ the red AND the green sauce. It was obviously prepared fresh as it didn’t come out in two minutes on a hot, micro waved plate!
It’s a tiny place, decorated simply and is clean and nice. Di didn’t care for it as much as I did as she’s more into the “Americanized” style of Mexican food. I got a small side of guacamole and it was good and VERY spicy! I loved it! No chips and salsa but the food was plenty spicy, even enough so for me. They have some specials on Thursday through Sat., and some of them sounded really good.
Prices reasonable, we both had a good lunch w/ sodas and the side of guacamole for seventeen bucks, comparable to the “El’s” I’d say.”