The first question asked when Barbara and I go out to dinner is, “What do you feel like having?”

Some days are sushi days, some days are pasta days, some days are seafood days.

On our most recent Dine Out, it was a Mexican day.

Finding a new spot was a bit of a challenge, but some online snooping led me to Casa Margaritas in Bristol, Rhode Island.

A house of margaritas? Sold!

Casa Margaritas isn’t one of the restaurants packed into Bristol’s scenic downtown. It’s located about as far from the water as you can get in Bristol, about halfway between the main drags of Hope Street and Metacom Avenue.

You’re not going to miss this place. The sign outside isn’t terribly large, but the building is an explosion of color, orange and fuchsia glowing beneath the lights.

The parking lot of mostly full when we arrived a little after 7 p.m. on a Saturday night. I was worried the restaurant might be full, but that wasn’t the case.

We entered into the bar area, with several TV showing NCAA tournament games. There were a handful of chars at the bar and a long, tall table set back from the bar serving as sort of an auxiliary bar area to have some margaritas and watch a game.

We were led around the corner into a large dining room with booths along the wall and tables scattered around. Like Dr. Who’s Tardis, it was much more spacious than it looked from the outside.

Out server arrived quickly with chips and salsa and took our drinks order. I expected a large margarita menu, given the House of Margaritas name, didn’t see one anywhere. A plastic table top ad convinced me to order and Modelo Negra ($4.25). Barbara took a stab and asked if they had a skinny margarita and was assured they do.

While we waited for our drinks we checked out the menu and tried the chips and salsa. The chips were the same as you find at any sit-down Mexican restaurant. The salsa was chunky and good. Thankfully it didn’t have the ketchupy taste I’ve gotten in other places.

We decided to start with the tableside guacamole ($7.99) and the ceviche tradicional ($7.99) from the appetizer menu.

Other starters included stuffed jalapenos ($5.99), nachos ($9.99 to $10.99) as well as bean dip, cheese dip and queso fundido ($4.99, $5.99 and $7.99, respectively).

The menu itself had all the standbys you expect from a Mexican restaurant broken into the familiar categories of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, tacos, seafood, fajitas, chicken and beef options.

There were a few unique options that stood out. I was tempted by the fun of the pina loco ($14.99), a grilled pineapple stuffed with chicken, steak, peppers and onions in an al pastor sauce, topped with melted cheese and served with a side of rice.

Writing this, I kinda regret not getting it. As it stands, I’ve never used a hollowed-out half of a pineapple as a serving dish.

But my love of all things chipotle flavored drew me to the chipotle enchiladas, a combination of three, one stuffed with carnitas, one with shredded chicken and one with ground beef, all topped with chipotle sauce, sour cream and pico de gallo, served with a side of rice and beans ($11.99).

Barbara, meanwhile was scanning the menu for the seafood and vegetarian options, which were a bit scattered about.

Among the seafood heading, the camarones al mojo de ajo ($13.99), shrimp sautéed in Mexican style garlic butter with diced avocado, onions and tomatoes, served over a bed of rice, as well as the pescado margarita ($16.99), tender mahi mahi fillet with shrimp, mushrooms, spinach and roasted peppers in a spinach and wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and rice.

But she ultimately picked the camaron tacos ($11.99), three tacos filled with shrimp sautéed in a “original blended ajillo sauce,” with lettuce and guacamole.

Our server graciously agreed to sub in black beans for refried beans both as the side to my enchiladas and in Barbara’s tacos.

Later in the night we heard other nearby tables asked about substitutions and dietary accommodations, which were all granted without a pause. Kudos to Casa Margaritas for that.

Shortly another served arrived with the guacamole cart, mixing together a perfectly ripe avocado with onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and tomato in a giant stone pestle that must have weighed 20 pounds.

To the server’s credit, this may have been the first tableside guac we’ve gotten that was sufficiently seasoned before it landed on the table. It had a nice balance of ingredients and was big hit.

The margarita was much less of a hit. The tequila flavor was prominent and not off-putting, but the dominant flavor was that of fake, bottled lime juice.

The ceviche came on a large plate filled with large chunks of ingredients. The shrimp were in large pieces, as were the thinly sliced red onion and avocado pieces.

It had a nice citrus flavor, but after a few bites the shrimp became a little hard to find. It was a tasty dish, but could have used a little more seafood.

We saw our server hurrying through the dining room all night, but refill queries were somewhat slow in coming and there was a bit of a wait for our entrees to arrive.

But when they did, we were presented with a couple great-looking plates of food.

My enchiladas may have been one of the nicest-plated dishes I’ve had in a long time. The tacos were large and filled to the brim.

The tacos with chock full of beans, rice, shrimp and lettuce with a healthy serving of guacamole on top. Barbara dug in and found the shrimp perfectly cooked and the tacos filled with flavor.

The highlight of the dinner, however, was the chipotle sauce on enchiladas. It was smoky, but not spicy with a pleasant sweet creaminess. Of the fillings, the chicken was tender and juicy and the ground beef flavorful. But the carnita filling was terrific. The large shredded pork pieces were tender and full of flavor.

Next time we go, I’m scouring the menu for the carnita options.

I looked at the dessert options, which include churros ($5.99), fried ice cream ($5.99), flan ($4.99) and tres leche cake ($5.99), but in the end we were just too stuffed to eat any more.

I’ll save the tres leche cake for next time.

Out bill, for the gauc, appetizer and two entrees came to a very reasonable $44.27 without the drinks and before tax and tip.