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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Checking Out Pat O'Briens in Cancun

After we finished our purchases, we headed to Pat O’Briens via a nice stroll of about a mile down roadside. Once we got there, we were very happy in our choice for the evening. While it was not very crowded, we still had a great time – and it started to really pick up towards the end of our evening.

Pat O'Briens in Cancun, Mexico

When at Pat O’Briens, you must have a Hurricane drink that they are famous for. So, I had mine and we ordered a little baby one for Ashley, just so she could try it out. For an appetizer we ordered the Caprese salad with Andouille Sausage. While we generally love the tomato, basil, and mozzarella salads – the added twist of the sausage was a nice addition.

Then for dinner, I ordered the Chicken Cordon Bleu which may have been one of the better meals I have had. I really like Chicken Cordon Bleu to start with and Pat O’Briens had a great twist on it. The main twist was the it was fried and included a marinara and an alfredo/mozzarella sauce to top it all off. Basically, it combined two of my favorite dishes, the Chicken Cordon Bleu and the Chicken Parmigianna – very highly recommended. Ashley had the Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad and it was just what she was looking for as well.

Ashley and her baby hurricane at Pat O'Briens in Cancun, Mexico

As we were finishing up our desert or Apple Tartan, the real fun began. Throughout the night, the theme at the Pat O’Briens is for the waiters to bring the drinks that are ordered out to you on top of their heads. We even saw a couple of double-deckers. That is when it got a little crazy.

The bartender Fernando did a great triple-decker delivery within the bar that was impressive in itself. Then, however a real show started. Throughout the night, there was a video playing on one of the many screens that was the “World Bartending Championships”. We were not paying much attention to it, but once things were starting up we noticed the person performing on the screen was the same bartender from the video.

Fernando juggling fire at Pat O'Briens in Cancun, Mexico

As you might imagine, we spent the next 20 minutes mesmerized by all of the juggling, drink making, and tricks that Fernando was performing. If those were not enough, at one point several bottles of liquor were lit as wicks and then juggled as well. All of it was topped off with a finale of Fernando making and pouring six drinks simultaneously. It was a great way to end the evening.

If you’re in Cancun, check out Pat O’Briens. Have you been there before?


Anonymous said...

Hey! My husband and I ran into Fernando in 2006 and remembered him when we saw him this last weekend in May 2008. He is so skilled. He is moving to Spain and competing on the European circuit. Pat O'Briens is the BEST!

--Hurricane Lover From Texas