We had a limited amount of time for lunch after getting hubby’s car serviced nearby and popped into Red Habanero because I had heard some good things about it and also because I heard it was taqueria style and so I assumed it would be fast. It is kind of an interesting place because they have very detailed menu items describing some of the menu items, but then when you order them, they sort of wait for you to tell them how you want it made. I appreciate that you can get it as you want, but just prepare yourself for that if you go.
I went with a lunch special combination of a taco and an enchilada which also came with rice ($7.99). You choose what fillings, etc. you want and I had a chicken enchilada with red sauce and a steak taco (they have 3 kinds of beef I believe—shredded, ground and the steak, which is like a carne asada). Interestingly, there is no pork on the menu at all (that I saw anyway). We also got some guacamole and chips ($2.99). The chips were fine, nothing really special there. The guac wasn’t bad; it definitely had more seasoning than others I have had recently, but nothing out of this world.
My enchilada was just ok. The chicken inside suffered from being too dry and there wasn’t anything else in there to help it out. The red sauce on top was good. I thought it had more heat than several of the salsas actually. I just had a quick bite of the rice because it was there, but nothing about it made me want to eat more (rarely does this happen with me and Mexican rice though).
Hubby had the cilantro-cream burrito ($6.99) which was your classic enormous taqueria burrito filled with chicken and a cilantro cream sauce as well as black beans, and rice and whatever else you wanted. He also had onions and cilantro. The burritos also come with chips on the side. I thought it had a pretty good flavor, but again, the chicken was dry—although with the sauce, it helped a lot and I certainly preferred it to my enchilada even though it was the same chicken.
So I can see how this place might be a go-to lunch place if you worked in the area. I think you could refine what is really good (I really liked the beef) and put together some good combos. It is pretty reasonably priced for a lot of food, if that is what you are looking for. Hubby ate most of his burrito and was moaning about it for several hours after. And they have hard alcohol—which seems a little out of place in this casual atmosphere, but if you want a margarita with your food, you can get one. Anyway, those of you who are Red Habanero fans, I would be interested to hear what you order that you really like.
4825 East 96th Street (and there is another location in Fishers)