I hadn't been in this neck of the woods in years so was thrilled to find that there was something better than the previous tenant, Beef O'Brady's, in this spot. The restaurant was packed on a Friday night - to the point that I wondered what the fire Marshall might think.
My first impression at any Mexican restaurant is their salsa. This one was kind of disappointing, watery, not very flavorful unless you happened to get a chunk of onion or a piece of cilantro and certainly not spicy. 2 stars for the salsa.
My next criteria is the refried beans. This they passed with flying colors. Tasty refried beans can be few and far between so kudos to El Picante on this.
We shared a peach daquiri. Yuck. I took two sips and let my husband finish it. If you like a strong drink without much flavor besides the taste of inexpensive rum, you'll like this. If you like sweet, flavorful, fruity drinks in which you don't taste much alcohol, you're in my camp and you'll be disappointed.
One thing I've learned about local Mexican restaurants is that you have to try a place several times to get a true picture of their quality because often they aren't too consistent. This place is near my dad's house, so we'll be back to try again.
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