This week we pay a visit to the new (opened in July) Anejo Mexican Taqueria, with a one of a kind "Tree Bar" out back, which was the former home of the Twisted Tree/Dancing Tomato Beech Bar.
A contemporary upscale restaurant with a hip, industrial-chic style and a menu with just a few categories: guacamole, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas burritos, chimichangas and interesting "street Food". In each of these categories, however, are a wide range of options to choose from.
Decor in Mexican restaurants tends to be colorful, almost to the point of gaudiness, but not Anejo. The color theme is understated with a mix of beige, orange and brown.
As you walk in there is a large dining room, beautifully refurbished with hardwood floors, hanging basket type lighting and open beam wooden ceilings
A couple steps up is another dining room with a posh bar.
Seating for over 300 diners is both inside and outside on a patio, plus the bar. There's a combination of tables and chairs, high top tables and comfortable leather booths with copper topped tables.
We arrived early evening and the place was fully booked.
Margaritas along with a large selection of tequila and other specialty drinks, beer and wine await diners.The tequila blancois is not aged, however, the Tequila anejo is aged for a minimum of three years and Tequila reposado aged between 2-3 months in wood barrels.
There's also an exceptional range of mezcals.
Predinner warm crispy chips arrived with a really delicious thick, spicy salsa while we sipped our drinks. Our pleasant server, Brook, answered some question we had about a few dishes
After 10 minutes of chips-and-salsa feasting and menu gazing, we were ready to order.
I chose the appetizer Chorizo Mussels ($12) I'm a big fan of mussels and I order them whenever I see them on a menu. These Prince Island mussels were braised in negra modelo which means "dark beer", with chorizo, a spicy Spanish pork sausage, chopped onion, a hint of cilantro, pepper flakes sitting on a tasty chipotle Baja sauce.
This came with a warm grilled torta for dipping. This dish was just the right balance of spicy heat with its thorough melding of flavors without overpowering the mussels.
My son ordered the Quesadillas ($10) There was a choice to add achiote marinated chicken or grilled vegetables for an extra ($4) each, grilled carne asada or Añejo shrimp both for ($7) each. He chose the shrimp. The grilled flour tortilla overstuffed with shrimp, melted Oaxaca-jack cheese, black beans and fire roasted tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream and salsa. I took a bite and we both agreed it was juicy, tender and very flavorful.
They won his approval.
Now on to the entrees... I ordered from the Taquiero (Mexican street food) section of the menu. I had a desire for lobster and found the Langosta ($24) The local lobster with ancho-glazed and fire roasted corn was covered with a rich chipotle cream sauce and topped with Oaxaca-jack cheese and sour cream.
The sweetness from the ancho glaze paired really well with the lobster. Seriously good.
My son ordered the Steak Frites ($32) After slicing the 12 oz. NY strip he said it was top-notch, uniformly cooked and pink from edge to edge. It came with a side of spicy cotija fries topped with bleu cheese butter The fries sprinkled with cotija cheese were sturdy and crisp. A puddle of smoked jalapeño ketchup on the side was a nice dip for the fries.
We finished our meal by trying a couple of desserts. The most appealing dessert I had was the Dulche de Leche Flan ($7) A dense creamy flan full of caramel flavor, was topped with two dollops of whipped cream and surrounded with strawberries and blueberries. Save room for this delicious dessert made with care and attention.
My son went for the Fried Ice Cream ($8) - A large round scoop of fried vanilla ice cream ,drizzled with chocolate sauce and whipped cream was placed upon a warm, cinnamon-sugar fried crispy shell topped with a cherry. It was quite yummy.
Our server, Brook, was attentive, knowledgeable and as pleasant as could be.
Añejo Mexican Bistro and Tequila Bar opened its doors in Falmouth 8 years ago and became a local landmark. Both locations have similar menus and take full advantage of fresh seafood and local produce to offer authentic Mexican food with a Cape Cod twist.
Bottom line: Anejo Mexican Taqueria is an upscale Mexican spot with good, authentic Mexican food in an atmosphere nice enough for a date or a fun night out with your friends. It's a welcome addition to the downtown Hyannis dining scene.
If You Go
Añejo Mexican Taqueria
599 Main St, Hyannis
(774) 470-5897 anejomexicanbistro.com