Kent’s is located at 2900 Woodland Boulevard in Denison. They have been in Denison since 2004. It is closed Monday and Tuesday and are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Kent’s website shows that it has been a family-owned business for more than 20 years. It is my understanding that Kent has retired. So I’m curious if his family took over the restaurant once he left.
Parking: As far as parking there is plenty of parking at Kent’s. It’s kind of tucked away just a little bit off the road but look for the Garcia’s sign for your turn indicator.
The only way to describe the interior of this restaurant is colorful. There is every color you could imagine inside of this building. It’s very clean and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
Food: When we walked in there was a big sign promoting $3 margaritas. We were greeted and taken to a seat immediately. It was approximately 4:40 p.m. when we entered the building. Lily came to the table and got us started with some water. By looking at the menu, it took my guest and I a moment to narrow down our decision for dinner. We did ask Lily about any evening specials that they had, to which she replied, no. Everything on their menu just sounded so good.
For an appetizer, we started out with a small bowl of queso ($4.99). It was pretty much just your standard queso, cheesy, hot and very tasty.
For dinner, I ordered the Mexican dinner ($11.29) — a beef taco, cheese enchilada with chili, tamale with chili, rice and beans. The beef taco had fresh vegetables and a crunchy shell. I added some salsa to the top for a little spicy kick. It was very good. One day I hope to learn how to eat crunchy tacos without looking like a three-year-old eating SpaghettiOs. I had it everywhere. but it was well worth it.
The cheese enchilada had the best corn flavor. It was so good I had to ask Lily if the corn tortillas were made at the location. She said no but they sure were flavorful and they tasted authentic to me.
The tamale was OK. It was under the same chili as the enchilada. I like a strong tomato flavor with my tamales to set it apart. The fact that they were under the same chili, made it hard to taste the tamale. I wonder if it had a fresh tomato salsa on top, if it would’ve been nice or maybe just some pico de gillo, would add a little more flavor combination to the tamale. All I could taste was chili.
The rice and beans were good and they were served hot.
My guest ordered the chimi dinner ($11.99) — a flour tortilla filled with brisket and cheese, deep-fried and served with beans and rice. The chimichanga was covered in cheese queso. The flavor of this chimi was incredible. I love the brisket and cheese combination.
For dessert, Lily recommended the sopaipilla. This is a new spin on your standard sopaipilla. Instead of a large sopaipilla we received a plate full of little pieces of dough, covered in sugar and cinnamon, served hot with honey.
Final thoughts: There was a jukebox in the building and there was some really good 1980s country music playing. I loved it.
This was my first experience at Kent’s and I will tell you, I had a great experience. Lily was fantastic and she was fun. The food was good but the experience, as a whole, was even better.
There are so many great Mexican food places to choose from, and this one will be one to add to the”must try” list.