Redmond has a flourishing restaurant scene in its scenic downtown area in Central Oregon.
One of the pioneers there is Diego’s Spirited Kitchen. When I had searched for restaurants in the Redmond area—we were staying a few miles away—Diego’s popped up and the menu was interesting from the get-go. For me, during my growing up years, Mexican food meant tacos or enchiladas filled with ground beef. As I got older, chicken or pork entered into the filling mix. As I have traveled to Mexico on a couple of occasions, I came to realize that, with coasts bordering both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, seafood options abound. Shrimp and warm-water lobster are readily available.
When I saw Maine lobster dishes plus the shrimp on Diego’s menu, I was ready to try it. We left well-satisfied and ready to go back.
The owner of Diego’s takes “spirited” seriously. It boasts a full bar with plenty of top-shelf liquor. That includes a selection of eight Scottish single malts as well as bourbons and a range of tequilas. The Margarita offerings include the standard mix plus your choice of tequila from the list of 9. I sampled my bride’s and would have ordered it if I was in the mood for it. Instead, I stayed with one of the 16 whiskeys offered.
Tortilla chips and salsa start any meal. As one would expect, there’s a bit of zip to the salsa.
From my prior review of the menu, I knew we’d start with the lobster cakes made with Maine lobster, sweet peppers and topped with a lobster sauce. The three good-sized cakes came with a mango-based salsa over mixed greens. Very tasty and an excellent way to start our meal.
There were a variety of other interesting appetizers—forest mushroom quesadilla, shrimp, nachos, taquitos, and warm Boursin cheese and wild mushrooms to name a few.
When it comes to the entrees, you can understand the unusual philosophy of the owners. It’s unabashedly a Mexican restaurant, but you can order burgers and sandwiches, entrée salads, a variety of pastas with proteins, plus fresh grilled salmon or halibut, steaks and seared scallops. As the website notes, the menu is designed for a party with diverse tastes so everyone can find something they like.