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Monday, November 28, 2011

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews Agave

Agave in Dundee
Agave: a broad-leafed succulent plant found in warm, dry regions of the tropics; there are some 300 varieties of this plant, but it is from only a few that Tequila or Mescal is produced. This month pop-we dinner club member and author of this post -- chose for us to dine at Agave.

Agave is a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Dundee at 5013 Underwood St. in Omaha, NE. The Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood, where the restaurant resides, recently was named to the American Planning Association 2011 Great Places in America: Neighborhoods. Agave is tucked back off the street a little bit so there is some parking in front. However, most in our party found parking in the adjoining neighborhoods, where we got a glimpse of the old school architecture that helped earn Dundee its recent top ranking. At Agave, there is ample seating: an area outside and inside where there are three sitting areas. The bar area is near when you walk in. When you name a place after the plant from which Tequila is made you would expect Tequila, they claim to have over 100 different labels.

Agave plant
When you order from the Joe’s favorites section of the menu you receive complimentary chips and salsa. The salsa is red tomato-based and has a nice bite, but it is not hot enough for my taste. Something unique to Agave, they provide complimentary hot sauces at each table. They are jalapeno and habanero pepper-based sauces. The waitress showed us a trick to screw off the top of the decanters for better pouring. I preferred the habanero, which most at our table did, too. It had a nice heat and rich aftertaste flavor. For my main meal, I tried the smothered chicken burrito plate on this occasion. It was a large burrito that came with rice and beans...the portion size was big. I enjoyed the dish; the chicken was fresh (not out of a can) and plentiful, nice flavor, rice and beans were good. To get a glimpse at some more of their Mexican cuisine, population-we™ readers can check out Agave's complete menu at content/uploads/2011/07/agave_online_menu_1.pdf.

After compiling the surveys from the other foodies the pop-we Dinner Club gives Agave: 4.1 star average on a scale of 1-5.

Atmosphere/Decor – 4.33

Cleanliness – 4.22

Wait Staff – 3.88

Menu – 3.77

Food Presentation – 3.66

Food Portions – 4

Food Taste – 4.11

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) – 4

Noise Level – 4.11

Overall Experience – 4.11

Fellow population-we™ readers, if you've been to the Agave leave us a comment and tell us what you thought?

Want to do this yourself? To review how to start your own dinner club, visit our January post about doing just that. Remember it is a template; tweak it to fit you and your friends’ tastes. pop-we Dinner Club: good food…good friends…good times.
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  1. Will make a visit one day for lunch and try it out. Thanks for the info!

  2. Brian & Anonymous: The night of the dinner club I ordered the chorizo wrap. I was disappointed it lacked the flavor or spice I’m accustomed to and didn’t come with a side. I think Marv, one of our pop-we dinner club members, makes way better chorizo. On a couple of other occasions at Agave we’ve had the chicken nachos, which are delicious. Warning Agave’s nachos are a lot of food for just two people. My other go to dish is their huevos rancheros. They do a nice job with the combination of eggs, beans and spicy tomato sauce here and provide tortillas to help clean up this delectable dish.