I had the pleasure of meeting my pal Joey for lunch Thursday. It has been too long since we saw each other. She works too much. She did agree to meet me for her lunch break so we decided on Texas Margaritas. It is a new place that opened on the site of the former Cancun Mexican Restaurant. The joint is decorated with Mexican style murals and booths.
I thought it was quite a display of art and color. I was reminded of that phrase “a riot of color” for that was surely what it was. They brought out some chips and salsa for me to munch on and to show my appreciation I ordered one of their Texas Margaritas that was on special that day.
The salsa was house made and hotter than most and the chips were still warm. It was a wonderful start to the meal. When Joey arrived it did not take us long to order. Her a shrimp quesadilla for $12.99 and me Enchiladas Ranchers for $9.99. The enchiladas was a plate of 4 corn tortillas stuffed with ground beef, shredded chicken, beans and cheese, then covered with a red sauce, white cheese and lettuce tomato and sour cream. I also added a dish of pico de gallo for $2.25.
I nearly forgot to take a shot of my plate and I didn’t bother Joey to take a picture of her quesadilla that would just eat into our talking time. We only had an hour to catch up on stuff. She did enjoy her shrimp quesadilla but not the rice. It is unfortunate that so many Latin joints feel obligated to add rice to their menu when so few do it well. My enchiladas were very good. The red sauce they used was very tasty and I enjoyed the 4 different fillings. I should do that more often.
So I think this joint is definitely worth looking into. Good food, good service and fair pricing. Also you won’t be bored with your surroundings and if you can, have that meal with a friend so you can catch up on stuff.
Pat and Fran tried this place out on Labor Day, and they both liked it. Good food, good prices and cheap beer. Actually I was a little apprehensive about the joint because, frankly the reviews on Urbanspoon were not too positive. I don’t rely entirely upon reviews to decide on what joint to try, but if the majority of comments are negative you probably should take notice. As I mentioned in an extraneous posting regarding reviews I checked for dates. One was June this year and the remaining negative tales were in 2013. The listing showed a few positive reviews in 2012 and 2011. So maybe the issue is time sensitive. Restaurants are not static. They develop and grow in time. And since they are all built around people you never know what to expect. My job is to visit a joint with my buddy Pat. Eat a lunch and give our thoughts on the food and service. We do so in a matter of fact way. We eat, we write you decide.
The place is a pretty good size. It has a few hand painted murals that fit a Mexican theme, and the surroundings and furniture are pretty comfortable. As soon as we walked in we were approached by a server/ host that directed us to a table. In a few minutes we had our water and chips and salsa.
Now I found this salsa to be excellent. Fresh tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro. I also enjoyed that they offered yellow tortilla chips. Not the red,white and blue chips that seem to be so common in some joints.
On Thursday they offer the Super Donkey burro for $7.99. Now this is a huge flour tortilla stuffed with steak or chicken, beans,rice,pico- de Gallo, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. Now that is one big boy. You have your choice of 3 sauces. Green, red or cheese. Pat ordered an altered chicken Super Donkey, with cheese sauce.
Since Pat ordered chicken, I ordered steak with red and green sauce. The tomatillo sauce was spicy and definitely on point. They make it in-house, and it definitely hit the spot. The steak was a little chewy but with all the stuff going on it was definitely worth ordering. The red chile was warm and comforting. All in all a very tasty combination.
Even though neither one of us could finish our burros we decided to share a sopaipilla. Now in New Mex and the part of Old Mex I lived, the sopaipilla I have eaten have been like big fluffy pillows. The kind you tear and add honey to. This sopa was flat,like a tostada. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, shot with honey and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Cut in four pieces and topped with whipped cream. Wow. It was good. Not what I expected. But good. And the crazy thing was $1.99. You can also get it with ice cream.
So. There you have it, our review,our opinion of El Arada. We think it is worth trying. Bon Appetite.