Nestled on top of Fort Washington Avenue and 178th street,
there is this small Mexican restaurant called Refried Beans. It is surrounded with paintings depicting the works of Frida Kahlo and others.
We went there with a friend and had an order of guacamole for the table. It was mild, not spicy at all, and for me, not even salted enough.
I ordered the Steak Fajitas served with rice and refried beans, accompanied by shredded lettuce, diced onions, guacamole, and sour cream. The hanger steak they used was well seasoned and spicy. The tortillas were a little too crisp, making it difficult to fold and eat without them breaking and becoming messy.
My companions ordered the “Don Julio,” a Burrito filled with chicken, beef and pork. Very tasty, not too big, and quite satisfying for one person.
The desserts we ordered were Fried Ice Cream and Banana Chimichangas. Both were nicely fried. The bananas were each cut in four and served with a small scoop of Tahitian vanilla ice cream, a nice compliment to the banana and the caramel sauce.
We had great laughs and a good time. The service was nice: the waiter was attentive, and the atmosphere was very welcoming and warm.
I highly recommend this place. It was a quiet evening because it was a Monday night. I am sure that on the weekends it would be busier and more full of energy.