No matter what city I am in the world, I will seek out Mexican food. It is my comfort food that I could eat 365 days year. Just ask my wife. So when I was in Amsterdam over a recent weekend, the question was not whether I would eat Mexican but which restaurant I would go to.
Staying at the Hyatt Andaz Prinsengracht, I wanted eat close by to the hotel. I settled upon a place called Los Pilones about seven minutes away on Kerkstaat 63. It turned out to be a GREAT choice. Started by three brothers from Mexico (always a good sign) Los Pilones now has three locations in Amsterdam. But this is not just a Mexican chain restaurant.
The restaurant is known for tequila – there are 185 varieties available. There is also a huge selection of alcoholic drinks including a full cocktail menu. But I just wanted food. Enchiladas to be precise.
I did not have a reservation and when I arrived at just past 8pm on a Saturday evening, the restaurant was packed unless I sat outside in the 25ºF cold. I noticed an open seat at the bar and opted to dine there. When I’m alone, I prefer a bar over a table (or not even going out).
One of the brothers welcomed me and immediately brought over some warm tortilla chips and amazingly fresh Pico de Gallo.
I ordered enchiladas verdes – four corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken and covered in salsa verde (green sauce) cheese, onions and sour cream.
I inhaled it. Tempted to order another, I asked for the check (~17EUR) and retuned back to my hotel room for a stroopwaffel and espresso.
If you’re craving Mexican food in Amsterdam, you’re safe with Los Pilones.