I love Habanero. I spent my formative years-- both high school and college-- in the Clifton area, and Habanero hasn't been there the entire time, but it feels like it has. When that new kid on the block, Chipotle, moved into Clifton, I laughed. "Ha ha!" I said. "Who needs Chipotle when you can have Habanero?"
Not me. If Chipotle went out of business, I wouldn't cry. I'd just go to Habanero and pick up my favorite, a quesadilla with barbecue chicken, onions, cheese and corn, which is exactly what I got when Terry and I went together last Saturday. I am so predictable, but it's so good!
There are a few things I love about Habanero. First, the salsas. There are approximately a zillion kinds (okay, six, I think today is Hyperbole Day), my favorite is the pineapple-almond salsa and the original, which has just a bit of beer in it. Both are amazingly good, fresh, and I could eat buckets of it with their chips. The chips are flour tortilla, freshly fried and crispy. They're easily the best chips I've ever had.
Terry always orders something different. I say "always" as if it's happened a million times; it's really only been about three. This time, he got the Arroyo Hondo burrito, which is flank steak, rice, beans, lettuce, caramelized onions and goat cheese. I'm a sucker for anything with caramelized onions and goat cheese, but I didn't steal a bite-- I was far too obsessed with my quesadilla.
Other great selling points: beer on tap (usually 3 or 4, most from Great Lakes Brewing Co.), margaritas, mojitos, smoothies, and lots of vegetarian and even vegan options. If you're in a rush, you can even order online.