Suburban Snacks: Food Pics from Xilantro

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Xilantro is looking to open this Sunday at 103 Wayne Avenue in downtown Wayne. The upscale Mexican restaurant and tequila bar is owned by Luis Marin of the Sarape restaurants and his business partner Joel Solomon. Culinary Institute of America graduate Juan Pablo Quiroz is in the kitchen and has developed a menu of progressive Mexican fare. Check out some of the menu highlights in the slideshow above.

The bar at Xilantro will include more than 100 tequilas and a menu of Mexican inspired cocktails and margaritas. Xilantro will be closed Memorial Day but then will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with Mexican brunch on Sundays.

Lily opens tomorrow in Kennett Square. West Chester Dish has some photos and the tip that Tuesdays will feature an all-you-can-eat sushi option. [West Chester Dish]

August Moon has reopened in Norristown after more than eight months of rehab. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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  • Steve Jeltz

    Craig — I couldn’t agree more…as a local resident I’m happy the opening is (finally) here. As I saw the interior take shape, I thought to myself that the owners must have purchased unused design plans from Pod. Reagrdless, a nice addition for Wayne as opposed to another Pub, Boat House type place

  • Snake

    Steve, have you been to the new-sih Spanigh place that opened there on the strip? Any good? I work out here and we’re always lokoing for new lunch/happy hour spots.

  • Jason Payne

    Snake–Matador is I think the place you’re thinking of (used to be various places over the years, two stories tall). It’s very nearly a suburban clone of Amada, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily but it’s a bit uncomfortable that 80% of the menu items are identical attempts at reproducing the Amada experience–right down to the font selection in the menu.

    Imitation is the highest sort of flattery, though, and they actually do some of the dishes *better*. Definitely worth a look.

  • Steve Jeltz

    Snake — I think Matador is worth a shot — the location seems to be cursed, as several other places have failed. I have only been there for drinks but I like the looks of the upstairs dining room; the menu look interesting (especially for the burbs)& I agree with Jason that there is some menu cloning going on (not necessarily a bad thing); I’ve had friends dine there for dinner & heard mostly positive feedback — the only negatives were some dishes could have been spiced a bit more & some issues with the pacing of the dishes being served. I’m looking forward to checking out both places soon.

  • enzo mann

    Found a few articles online about this place; ‘upscale Mexican restaurant and tequila bar’ is what caught my attention and brought us out of the city to give it a try. We love Mexican and love tequila. BIG mistake. I guess I will just list in order how my perception and impressions of this place led my BF and I to leave VERY unhappy.
    `Our reservation was lost
    `They handed us a chi-chi’s style blinking pager to wait for our table
    `While looking around to see what everyone was drinking, I noticed everyone drinking out of cheap tacky margarita glasses that were stamped with a ‘sauza’ brand name. TACKY!
    `Behind the bar spilling out into the restaurant were cases of DAILYS drink mixes! No fresh juices , or their own mixes for this ‘upscale’ trendy place?
    `We noticed one of the owners chatting it up with a few tables of friends, before he came over and shoved himself between me and the bar to chat it up with some more friends. No ‘excuse me’ these days?
    `the lighting could be less harsh, overall deco gave off the vibe of an apple store. Very very loud with no music; there was however light music playing in the bathroom which would have been nice in the dining area.
    `bathrooms had a nice concept but had that completely bare just opened and don’t have our shit together kind of appearance.
    `finally seated we ordered and the waiting began…. 30-40mins of waiting while tables around us were seated and left we were still left waiting. We definitely received apologies but that’s no help when you are tired and hungry. The weird part was that only half the restaurant (15or so tables) was filled at this time…. So what was taking so long? On a positive note our waitress was very nice.
    `for an appetizer we ordered the guac. Its wasn’t terrible, but came to us warm from what my guess is from the mortar bowl that had gone through a washing? Warm guac is no good.
    `for dinner we split the beef fajitas, and queso fundido with chorizo and the chipotle mashed potatoes. The fajitas tasted like something thrown together using leftovers on a Monday night at home. The queso dip was nothing but melted glob of stringy cheese with maybe 1/3 ounce of tiny chorizo sprinkle on top which created a grease pool, making the entire 13$ appetizer taste like a dominos pizza topping! No consistency, so gross, not worth my calories, and im a HUGE cheese lover. The side of potatoes tasted like something from a BOX! Not fresh and not flavorful. No other way to describe it but BOXED flavor.
    `the portions of the apps and entrees were extremely small. The side dish was normal size.
    `I heard the table next to us also complain that their fajitas were bland she they were using their guac to add more flavor.
    `the manager (who seemed sincere)stopped by and gave us his apologies about the wait and said something will be done about it (whatever that meant) and after our meal the owner FINALLY decided to pay a visit to a few tables that were not his friends. And when he stopped to ask how our meal was we told him about our long wait, and our opinions of the food. He recommended we come back and try something else. YEAH RIGHT. He definitely seems like the type of guy who is used to BEING served and not at all experienced in the other side of the service spectrum. He was more interested in walking around and gloating to his friends in his new place.
    ` to finish off the last of the 1st impressions the 1 young hostess girl was draped over the counter or leaning against the wall looking exhausted. as we exited a stack of menus were piled up on the floor all around the hostess stand/entrance of restaurant, CLASSY & PROFESSIONAL guys!

    Bottom line, This place was a hot mess with drab overpriced under portioned food. In addition to that, if you are not prepared to open, push it back another week. A bad 1st impression is WAY WORSE than a later 1st impression. I read in an article they were already talking of expanding into Philly. That would be a joke.


    Couldn’t agree more. Avoid this place like the plague! Overpriced tasteless food and super stressed and rude manager.

  • Brian G

    I am surprised to hear the negative feedback and my experiences have been great. Not only were the bartenders extremely helpful with their drink recommendations, but their Margarita’s were amazing. And the food was out of this world. We were with another couple so all 4 of us ordered a different entree and shared. Each dinner was so unique and out of this world in taste. All 4 of us felt the same way. We then shared 2 deserts and they were also unreal. Finally we have some Mexican coffee which just topped the night off. Our waitress was so sweet and made sure we all enjoyed ourselves. I have been back a few time since then and was even there with my family for my birthday. We also tried outside and it was nice to be on the crowded streets of Wayne. I highly recommend Xilantro.

  • lilpit