Cerveza Factory brings more olé to Battle Ground

Mexican cuisine restaurant replaces former pizza place

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Dining Out review: Cerveza Factory

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday through Friday and all day on Sunday.

Telephone: 360-723-5415.

Where: 11 North Parkway Ave., Battle Ground. www.cervezafactory.com. Cerveza Factory may also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Health score: Cerveza Factory has received a pre-opening inspection and is scheduled for a routine inspection in the near future. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.

Why: The newly opened Cerveza Factory in Battle Ground is a family friendly Mexican restaurant and sports bar serving lunch and dinner. Situated on the corner of North Parkway Avenue and Main Street in the former home of Uncle D’s Pizza, the restaurant brings another full-service Mexican cuisine choice to the already numerous options in the small town of Battle Ground.

What I tried: I had the street taco platter, which is four tacos served with rice and refried beans. I opted for carne asada tacos and fish tacos. My dining companion tried the zesty pineapple chicken — also served with rice and refried beans — and he settled on flour tortillas to accompany.

Chips and salsa were served while we awaited the entrees. The chips were room temperature, thin and crisp. The salsa was tomatoey and mildly spicy with a few chopped onions that had settled to the bottom of the dish.

Both entrees were served on hot platters — nice. This kept the food from cooling quickly. We found the rice and refried beans (sprinkled with shredded cheese) standard.

The tacos were made with small, white corn tortillas. The fish tacos contained cod topped with shredded cabbage, a slice of avocado, and fresh pico de gallo drizzled with cilantro mayonnaise and sprinkled with cotija cheese. The carne asada tacos were meat only with a sprinkling of cotija cheese. A wedge of lime, chopped cilantro and a spicy red sauce were served alongside to add if I chose. I enjoyed the fish tacos. All the ingredients were fresh, flavorful and appetizing. I was not impressed with the carne asada tacos. The meat did not have a marinated or rubbed flavor, was dry, and, although carne asada should be charred somewhat, it was overly so. I asked the waiter whether it was indeed carne asada. He confirmed that it was and agreed that it appeared too charred, and he adjusted the bill accordingly.

The chicken entree had two thin pieces of chicken breast that were lightly marinated and coated with a red pastor sauce that imparted a zesty and sweet flavor to the chicken, which was enhanced by the grilled pineapple slices that sat atop.

Menu highlights beyond what I tried: The clad de pollo soup sounded delicious. This soup combines shredded chicken breast, Spanish rice, onion, corn, carrot, and tomato in homemade chicken broth. Menudo is on the menu. Nine different enchiladas are on the dinner menu. The Vegas burrito is filled with chicken, snapper and shrimp before it is smothered in a creamy white wine sauce with mushrooms. The pork shank is cooked in a slow braise and served in a light red gravy salsa. Most of the seafood choices are defined by shrimp. A few are combined with cod, crab or scallops or a combination thereof.

Atmosphere: The spacious dining room offers elevated booth seating around the perimeter next to large windows. Several sizes of tables, each accommodating four to eight diners, populate the open floor. In the bar, seating is similar, and there is bar-side seating as well. Roll-up doors open the space to the outside, weather permitting, and there is outdoor patio seating. String lights, in addition to an eclectic mix of Western style, contemporary and more elegantly oriented fixtures bring a warm glow to the ample amount of natural light, which floods through the large windows. Wood flooring and the open-beam ceiling that is painted white bring a touch of barn charm to the space. Large-screen TVs provide entertainment.

Other observations: The service was friendly but a bit slow getting food to the table. This made me consider what the ticket turnaround time might be during a packed house. The atmosphere in the family dining room is spacious with a somewhat cafeteria feeling. The food had its pros and cons. Gluten-free items are available.

Cost: The lunch menu includes appetizers for $7 and $9. Soup is $7 for a cup and $10 for a bowl. Fajitas are $11 and $12 (depending on the meat of choice). Salads cost $9 to $11. Street tacos are $12 for two with rice and beans or $15 for four. Burritos are $10 to $12. Most chicken dishes cost $12, and enchiladas are $10. Vegetarian and vegan selections are $10. For dinner, prices are generally the same on the low end and top out within $10 more, but there is a larger selection of specialty dishes on the dinner menu. Desserts are $4.50 to $8. Happy hour items range from $5 to $9 and require a beverage purchase. Happy hour pint beers are $3.99, and there is $1 off house wines and well drinks.