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You Gotta Eat: Ancho & Agave

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — There’s another restaurant on Bloomington’s east side, and it’s something to “taco’bout.”

Tacos, amigos, tequila! That’s the slogan of this fairly new Mexican eatery.

Mark Weaver, a regular, called it a “‘talk of the town’ type of restaurant in Bloomington once it opened up.”

Mark Weaver works nearby, and he’s at Ancho and Agave once or twice a week.

“When it first opened up, you had to get a reservation for lunch … and dinner for weeks,” said Wever.

When it’s time to order at Ancho and Agave, you’ll have a lot to choose from.

Jesse and our photographer Larry listened to the fan favorites.

We started with their signature Mexican Poutine,  which includes meat, potatoes, queso, scallions, salsas, and a fried egg. Unique right?

We then indulged in the Stacked Nahos El Jefe.

That’s one giant nacho, on top of another, and another, … you get the idea.

“I am working my way through the menu,” said Ted Max.

Max has been going about once a week.

Like many, ted is all about the tacos.

“I have gone through the entire taco menu at this point, and so far, I’ve enjoyed all of them,” said Max.

Jesse had one of the fan favorites, the Nashville Hot – Fried Chicken taco.

Jesse then went for the Rajas Poblanas, which includes peppers, onions, cauliflower, and charred sweet corn.

Larry, got a Carnitas taco which has a variety of toppings like pork, cilantro, and a chipotle cream.

Larry also got the Chorizo taco, which features Mexican pork sausage.

Ancho and Agave has only been open a few months, but Founder and CEO Todd Hovenden says a lot of hard work went into the planning.

“We have twelve nice margaritas, fourteen different tacos, so it’s festive., said Hovenden. “For me, its a lot like … if you’re going to Mexico, you’re looking to go to Mexico and have a great time. That’s what you want when you come to Ancho and Agave, is you want to have a great time.”

Before we got the bill, we were talked into dessert.

How Tres Leches Cake?

Talk about a sponge cake fiesta!

So, how much did we spend?

We ended up indulging, so it was $51.78, but it was well worth it!

Ancho and Agave is open 11 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm Friday & Saturday. On Sundays their hours are 10 AM to 9 PM.

And if Todd Hovenden’s name rings a bell, that’s because he also founded Biaggi’s, which also started in Bloomington two decades ago.

Like Biaggi’s, Hovenden looks to expand Ancho and Agave.

Sheridan Swathwood

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