At Las Palomas we were greeted warmly and seated quickly. Chips, chunky mild salsa and warm refried beans arrived in less than two minutes: a good sign indeed.

The extensive menu is divided into several sections including appetizers, Las Palomas specials, vegetarian, los huevos, las fajitas, American dishes, carnes (beef), los mariscos, los burritos, pollo (chicken), las enchiladas, as well as combinations, children’s plates, side orders and dessert choices. The margarita menu is also extensive and all cocktails can be ordered virgin. The ambiance is quite pleasant with carved booth seats and Mexican decorations at every turn.

Our party ordered the chimchanga de mariscos (seafood) at $9.95, camarones (shrimp) con crema at $11.50, and chile colorado (beef) at $10.50.

The shrimp and beef dishes came with a choice of tortillas and rice and beans, which can be ordered as refried, black or whole pintos. The chimichanga came stuffed with crab, shrimp and Monterey Jack cheese and was topped with enchilada sauce. Sour cream and guacamole were served on the side. It was delicately seasoned and very flavorful. The camarones were rich, creamy and sublime; the chile Colorado tender and the portion generous.

Two items on the lunch menu caught my attention.

The first was the pollo asado dinner salad, which comes with charbroiled chicken breast served over lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, cheese, guacamole, sour cream and cucumbers with olive oil. The other was shrimp wrapped in bacon, which is served over a bed of sautéed onions and green peppers and comes covered with Jack cheese, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream and tortillas.

Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant has it all: an extensive and varied menu, great service, atmosphere and competitive prices. Hopefully these assets ensure the success they deserve.