The FoodThe owners of the Three Amigos describe their operation as being based on the recipes of the family grandmother whose cooking was well-known in her region of Mexico. Everything containing cheese is made with traditional Mexican queso blanco instead of the usual yellow cheddar used everywhere else; this helps add to the authentic tastes. There is an unusually large vegetarian selection, too.
How Hot is It?
That's a common question asked about Mexican food, and most dishes at the Three Amigos aren't too spicy in comparison to most Mexican restaurants. A few are quite spicy - surprisingly so, in fact. Most places where I've had Chile Relleno it's been very mild; here it was very hot (it also claims to be made with a bell pepper, not a chile pepper). The Chile Poblano was similarly hot.
Every Mexican restaurant serves chips and salsa before the meal, but none serve a salsa like the Three Amigos. The cilantro is prominent, but not overbearing. It's heavy on the onions, but not very spicy. It's homemade and the fresh taste is far superior to what you typically get in chain restaurants. Three Amigos salsa can be purchased in small tubs to take home. The guacamole, on the other hand, tasted fine but was heavily mixed with sour cream - an unusual decision that detracts from the flavor.
Appetizers & Munchies
We split the Nachos with the Works - beef, chicken, beans, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. It compares very favorably with the nachos you can get elsewhere and is probably better than most. The use of queso blanco helps make the flavor stand out above most nachos we've had. Like most things we tried from the menu, the spice in the nachos was very mild.
Combos & DealsThere are more than a dozen different combo deals offering three main items (enchiladas, burritos, tacos, chalupas, tamales, quesadilas, etc.) plus beans and rice. The beans are creamier than is commonly the case and the rice milder. These combos are priced well and provide a very good value because what you get is quite filling for usually less then $10.
Dining at the Three Amigos Mexican RestaurantThe Three Amigos can be found near the JC Penney's at Beaver Valley Mall. The original Three Amigos is in Gibsonia and the new location is a welcome addition to dining in the Beaver Valley Mall area. They are far better and more authentic than Chi-Chi's ever was. In the past I enjoyed eating at Don Pablo's, but recently the quality of the menu has declined and I haven't enjoyed eating there as much as before.
Now, though, I won't feel the loss of either restaurant nearly as much. There are several more things I'd like to try on the Three Amigos menu and I look forward to eating there again.
The Three Amigos restaurants appear to be affiliated with the La Casa Narcisi winery in Gibsonia.
Location & Contact InformationThree Amigos
600 Beaver Valley Mall
Monaca, PA 15061
5378 Route 8
Gibsonia, PA 15044