Pluses: ample portions, fresh taste. Minuses: nothing innovative or surprising. My companion and I chose two of the two shrimp dishes--Camarones al Mojo de Ajo and Camarones Diablo. The former was to be accompanied by a "guacamole salad," which turned out to be a lot of lettuce, a bit of chopped tomato, and about two tablespoons of guacamole dressing. When my companion asked if he could have a little more of the dressing, he was told he would have to pay for a side order. No manager was consulted, nor did one come to the table to address our complaint. Moreover, a larger serving of this same salad may be ordered separately. Whether this item is large or small, it is a huge stretch to call it a guacamole salad. We suggested it be called what it is, a very basic salad with avocado dressing. Generally, the main courses were fine, but not exceptional in any way. If you are a Mexican food lover and have a fair amount of experience with Mexico's various regional distinctions, you will be disappointed in El Toreo. If what you want is a cut above Taco Bell, you will find it here. The pleasant decor is a mix of quasi-Mexican and Applebee's. Still, the prices for the quantity of food are reasonable, the staff are friendly and efficient,and the two-for-one Margarita ($6.95) is a good value; not so, my Kahlua and coffee with a dollop of canned whipped cream at $7.95. With a wide number of restaurants on SW 36th within one-half mile of El Toreo, you have ample choices.
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