On Wednesday, January 25, 2016, I had lunch at Delicias Mexicanas, 699 Fort Collier Road in Winchester, Virginia. It’s in the Northpark Shopping Center at Berryville Avenue and Fort Collier Road, anchored by a Shop ’n Save grocery, until recently a Food Lion store. A handicapped parking space is available.
Delicias is closed on Monday; hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; Saturday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM. The telephone number is (540) 665-0100. Dine-in and carry out service are available.
The entrance has no vestibule. It opens into a single L-shaped room with the short leg of the L across the front, and the long leg extending back on the right for the main dining area.
The cashier’s station is up front on your left. A large table here has seating for eight. This section’s back wall has a pass-through window from the kitchen with a shelf. The main dining area has six tables along the right wall, and four along the left wall. Decorations included pictures of celebrities and paintings of Mexican scenes.
The floor has large, light tan squares and the ceiling is white acoustic material, with recessed fluorescent lighting. The walls have paneling about waist-high, and are painted a solid orange above that.
There are two TV screens; a small one over the cashier’s station up front and a much larger one in the back wall of the main dining area. The current programming was a beauty contest on the NBC Universo Spanish language Pay TV channel.
The menu is a single 8.5x11-inch sheet, folded once. Categories listed inside begin with Ensaladas (Salads), and Sopas (Soups). Sopas are Servido con Arroz y Tortillas (Served with Rice and Tortillas), and include Pozole, a hominy soup which I had not previously encountered. There are also Tacos, Burritos, Tortas, Tamales, Platillos (Dishes), Sopes, and Tostados.
The menu’s back has Bebidas (Beverages), Café (Coffee), Extras, and Desayunos (Breakfast). A footnote reads, “Ask about daily desserts”. A handwritten sign on the door indicated that the Delicias had applied for an ABC beer and wine license. The newspaper notice of this application was my first knowledge of this restaurant, which had previously escaped my radar.
When I was seated by Yojana, my server, I did not receive the usual salsa and chips expected at Mexican restaurants, but perhaps that’s really a feature of a Tex-Mex establishment. Here they are listed as Totopos & Salsa under Extras, for $2.99.
While I was reading the menu I had a Mexican Coke, made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. It was served chilled in the bottle, and I had to ask for a glass and a straw.
I wasn’t looking for a large meal, and made two selections from the tacos menu. One was Pollo Asado (Grilled Chicken) and the other was Carnitas de Puerco (Fried Pork). I was given a choice of red or green sauce. Warned that the red sauce was pretty hot, I asked for green sauce.
The tacos were small, probably intended as side accompaniments to entrees. The green sauce was spicy enough for my taste. I would say that the tacos were merely so-so. When I asked about dessert, I was told that they had none, despite the note on the menu. In the men’s restroom neither of the soap dispensers worked, and paper towels were in the toilet.
At this time I hesitate to give the Delicias a rating, and want to visit it again for a more substantial meal before passing judgment. I was told that it had opened about two months ago, and I would have thought that by this time some desserts should have been available.
My research showed that the Latinos Restaurant had been the previous occupant of these premises as recently as last year, and offered Salvadoran cuisine. That place also escaped my radar, and I’m sorry that I had missed it, because I would have sampled their pupusas.
A Brothers Pizzeria had operated at this location for a number of years before the latinos. The management of this Delicias operates the older Delicias Mexicanas at 1709 Berryville Pike, Route 7 in Frederick County.