With Bloomfield’s Restaurant Week less than a month away, restaurants all over towns are gearing up for what promises to be a 2012 highlight for the township. From March 4-10, twenty-two restaurants will be offering special prix fixe menus and samplings of their very best cuisine to patrons from all over Essex County.
Previewing the event, Bloomfield Patch will be publishing profiles of participating restaurants. And what better place to start than at one of Bloomfield’s best-known dining establishments, Senorita’s Mexican Restaurant.
When entering the expansive Mexican eatery, patrons are greeted with a warm and exotic décor. The main dining room is large yet cozy, with an adjoining modern, glass-enclosed bar looking out onto Glenwood Avenue. A staircase leads to an expansive upper floor featuring a full banquet room and a sports bar that accommodates about 65 people. The banquet party room, which Senorita’s rents out for events, can accommodate 80-100.
Senorita’s owner Andreas Quesada was happy to sit down and talk with Patch recently about the restaurant’s plans for the upcoming event. Quesada is on the Restaurant Week Committee, appointed by Mayor McCarthy earlier this year.
“We’ll be offering a 3-course lunch special and a 4-course dinner special,” he said. “It will be an opportunity to introduce new spring menu items.”
The 3-course lunch special will include an appetizer, soup or salad and entrée. The 4-course dinner special will include an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert and coffee. The variety of soups offered will gazpacho, black bean soup and tortilla soup, followed by entrée selections like carnitas (pulled pork) tacos, enchiladas and chicken mole poblano.
“Mole poblano is a three-hundred-year-old recipe, from Pueblo, Mexico,” explained Quesada. “It’s a well-layered dish, nice and spicy – five on a scale of one to ten. The list of ingredients includes chiles, roasted almonds, roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, peanut butter, raisins and Mexican chocolate.” He added that the exotic dish was one of the most popular menu items at Senoritas.
“Each of our chefs have over 20 years of experience cooking authentic Mexican cuisine,” he said. “A lot of people ask if we can bottle our salsa.”
About the Owner: A lifelong Bloomfield resident, Andreas Quesada graduated from BHS in 1996. He attended Montclair State University and taught high school science before opening Senorita’s in 2006.
“My first job was as a busboy at the Firehouse Pub next door [to Senoritas.] I was 14. I always wanted to get into the restaurant business.” Quesada is one of four owners of Senorita’s.
Best thing about Senorita’s: “Our Sangrias and Mojitos!”
What people may not know about Senorita’s: “We deliver to Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Glen Ridge and Nutley.”
Why go to Senorita’s? “It’s open seven days and week and has a family friendly atmosphere.”
Centrally located at Glenwood Avenue off Bloomfield Avenue, Senorita’s has a full bar and will be a central part of the transit village when it is completed.