La Torre is a quaint Mexican restaurant on the eastside of Bloomington, very close to our new home. This summer I have spent countless hours enjoying the company of close friends on the terrace. We enjoy baskets of crispy corn tortilla chips, fresh salsa, tacos, carnitas, enchiladas and tasty drinks. The vibe is relaxed and the service is great. We dined there just last Saturday and Michael summed up our time spent at La Torre by saying “I feel like I am on vacation every time I sit on this patio.” This is why we go back again and again.
La Torre highlights:
- The welcome is always warm and inviting. The first interaction with staff sets the tone for the experience and La Torre gets it right.
- Try the west terrace for great seating. The hanging stretched canvas sun shields do their job for the most part although don’t forget your sunglasses and arrive after 7pm for an all shaded terrace.
- The servers are kind and gracious and they have never rushed our experience. Typically we won’t order dinner until we have enjoyed ourselves for at least a half an hour, sometimes longer. The food comes out so fast!
- The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu is amazing with a separate menu of unique Mexican dishes, fresh squeezed juices and fun cocktails. My friend Matthew introduced me to the shrimp cocktail in tomato juice and lime….to die for.
The standard menu offers all the typical Mexican fare. I am a chicken taco gal with a soft corn tortilla, no cheese a little raw white onion and lots of cilantro. The tacos are full of flavor and the tortillas are pillowy and fresh. Sometimes if I am feeling extra hungry I will order rice and beans.
The drink menu is well rounded offering beer, cocktails and lots of tequila. When we have a crowd a bucket of Mexican beer is a must. Choose any combination of 6 beers and the icy bucket is delivered to your table with fresh limes on the side. We usually go for Negra Modelo (Michael’s favorite), Corona (my favorite) and Dos Equis Amber or Lager. I am a huge fan of silver tequila, blanco. If I am feeling frisky I will order a chilled shot to enjoy with my chips and salsa. It is a great way to kick off dinner!
The restaurant hosted a tequila dinner a few weeks ago and my friend Charlie attended. He said the dinner was a fun experience with interesting food and tequila pairings. I have heard they may schedule a tequila dinner every month! As La Torre adds services and events I will update the new offerings here. Check out their website for more information by clicking here.