Last month, my mother and I wanted to pick up lunch from Los Hermanos in Sutter Creek, but I found that they were closed and so I picked up dinner at Colina de Oro in Plymouth instead. We decided to try again on Labor Day as we were running errands, and to our pleasant surprise, they were open when we called to order.
Before we left on our errand run, I found the Los Hermanos menu on Yelp and saw what I wanted. Since it was a hot day, I didn’t want anything too heavy, and I ordered a cheese quesadilla from their Lunch Specials menu. I also expected that my mother would want a salad because that’s what she usually gets at Mexican restaurants. She also likes shrimp, and Los Hermanos offers a shrimp salad and a shrimp taco salad. She ordered the latter.
The woman on the other end of the line said our lunches would be ready in 30 minutes, which gave us plenty of time to run our errands in Martell before we made the quick jaunt to Los Hermanos in the Sutter Ridge Plaza, which is on Ridge Road just east of Highway 49.
When I entered the restaurant and walked up to the front counter, a plastic bag that contained several Styrofoam boxes was sitting on the counter. I walked right up to the counter and after a minute I had paid, had my food, and was on my way out. Good thing, too: A large lunch crowd had just arrived as I walked into the parking lot.
Once we got home, we found each meal in its own Styrofoam box. We also found a medium-sized brown paper bag filled with chips and a medium-sized lidded Styrofoam cup filled with salsa. The chips and salsa were apparently complimentary because we didn’t pay for them.
Meals on the Los Hermanos Lunch Specials menu also come with Spanish rice and refried beans with cheese. The sides were in their own side containers and the toasted quesadilla in the main area with cheese oozing out of the four pieces. I ate my lunch directly out of the container.
It’s hard to screw up a cheese quesadilla. The tortillas were fried just right, with tortillas that were fried just long enough to be crispy but not so long as to be burned anywhere. The cheese inside the quesadilla and on top of the refried beans looked and tasted like Monterey Jack.
Each piece was big enough that I could pick them up and dip them in the large cup of salsa. I knew my mother wouldn’t want the salsa because it had mild to medium heat, which is too hot for her. I also picked up a couple of fried corn tortilla chips from the paper bag and dunked them into the salsa, and was happy to find chunks of tomato, onions, and cilantro on my chips.
I found the spices in the Spanish rice to be a bit too bland for me, and I put some black pepper on it and that helped spice up the rice a little more. The refried beans were a pleasant surprise because they had actual whole pinto beans in them. There was bean goo in every bite, but not so much as to drown the beans. And the cheese on top provided some heft and a little bit of salt.
The Shrimp Taco Salad is contained in a large fried taco shell. It was hard to see any of the iceberg lettuce pieces because of all the sliced avocados, sliced tomatoes, sliced red bell peppers, shaved onions, and pieces of cooked and seasoned shrimp on top. Some Monterey Jack cheese also made an appearance along one side of the taco shell.
My mother started eating by stabbing a piece of shrimp with her fork, and she expressed disappointment that the shrimp were the tiny ones that you can buy at a grocery store. She didn’t say anything after she ate her first shrimp until she got near the bottom of the salad. That’s when she said she found refried beans at the bottom of the salad underneath the lettuce.
She ate almost the entire contents of the salad, which told me that she liked it. I asked my mother if she was going to finish the salad, and she said that she’d eat the contents and keep the taco shell for lunch the next day.
I didn’t want to eat too much food for lunch on a day when the high temperature was around 100 degrees, and the cheese quesadilla meal gave me what I needed—enough carbs and protein to get me through the rest of the day without souring my stomach.
My mother not only enjoyed her salad when we bought it, but she also commented the next day that the taco shell and chips were just as crispy for lunch. I put the chips in a resealable plastic bag because all the oil leaked into the bottom of the bag and to keep them fresh.
Even so, I had the chips three days later with hot dogs for dinner, and I found the chips were starting to get a bit chewy. If you eat the chips, it’s best to eat them no later than a day after you save them.
We bring out our green light for Los Hermanos. The price for our lunches was $19.40.
Want to Try Them?
Los Hermanos is located at 60 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek within the Sutter Ridge Plaza, which is on the south side of Ridge Road to the east of Highway 49. This Mexican restaurant serves many different types of dishes including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, salads, and more. They also offer alcoholic beverages and various sodas.
You can dine or take out for lunch and dinner. Los Hermanos is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and they’re closed on Sundays. You can view the Los Hermanos menu on their Yelp webpage. Call them at 209-560-3009 to ask questions and/or order take-out.
Amador Business Ticker food reviews are adventures in local dining with Editor Eric Butow and his mom.