Iguana Mia, located at 1027 Cape Coral Parkway in the Big John’s Plaza, is a chain of three Mexican restaurants that have been servicing Southwest Florida for 19 years. Typical of most Mexican restaurants, the menu is large and offers a large assortment of authentic, south-of-the-border specialties ranging from Fajita’s, Enchilada’s, Burritos, Steak Relleno, Taco’s and several types of chili cheese dips. While the service is not always up to par, this is still a pretty good place to kick back and relax for lunch.
Whether you would like to take a seat at the bar and partake in one of their many variations of Margarita’s, sit in a quiet corner and catch-up with an old friend, or quickly swallow your food because you have a cranky boss waiting for you to return from your lunch break, Iguana Mia is sure to accommodate.
On a recent trip to my second favorite Mexican restaurant (the first being El Azteca Taqueria, the subject of a recent review), my experience was rather interesting, to say the least. Like usual, we were greeted by a really sweet hostess who quickly sat us down. Chips and Salsa were delivered to the table by a hard-working Hispanic gentlemen who did not appear to speak much English. As per usual, my guest and I dove right into the highly-anticipated basket of chips and quickly noticed a small addition to the restaurant’s salsa medley. After scooping up a heaping chip-full of this interesting new salsa, and immediately ingesting the said chip, I instantaneously realized that I had made a disastrous mistake. It’s difficult to even come up with words to describe the inferno that had enveloped my mouth. To make matters worse, neither of us even had the self-control to wait until our drinks were delivered, so you can probably imagine the agony we were experiencing. Once we regained feeling in our mouth’s, after about 10 minutes of sheer torture, our server finally showed up with our drinks. Better late than never I guess, but you’d think that the full body sweat would have been an indicator that we were a bit thirsty.
Once we recuperated, we were able to place our orders with a server that was clearly not in a good mood. She ended up being somewhat efficient and eventually got the job done, as agonizing as it seemed to be. After swatting at fly’s for another ten minutes and getting agitated that someone was vacuuming the floor next to our table, our food arrived and things got a lot less tense.
My guest ordered the Steak Relleno while I went with the Baja Shrimp Taco’s, both of which were absolutely delicious and highly recommended. From what I have noticed, all of their meals are pretty substantial in portion size, so sharing might be a nice option for those who are not excessively hungry.
All things considered, Iguana Mia really is a nice option for the Mexican appetite. I am always impressed to see the floor managers constantly checking on tables and running food. Not only does this show a genuine interest in the quality of our experience, but it illustrates a sincere concern in the success of the business.
Aside from a few fly’s trying to cohabitate in our basket of chips and a server that had the personality of a stick, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. The tasty food and attentive manager helped to outweigh some of the negative aspects.
As for the salsa fiasco, I’m not expecting them to yell “fire in the hole” every time they deliver spicy food, but seriously, a little forewarning might be nice.