Colorful decorations and atmosphere with wait staff laughing and joking among themselves and enjoying glimpses of football on the flat screen. All this without dropping a beat regarding service. They look like they love their jobs and they are an asset to this restaurant. We came for an earlyish dinner thinking the parking lot may not accommodate us later. No worries, as there is additional parking in the back. The place was hopping, but we were able to easily converse during our meal. I’m giving the highest rating for the overall experience (atmosphere / food / service), but may be influenced by the fact that Don Pablo’s was the last Mexican restaurant I tried. So my memory of fast and processed was now contrasted with El Paso’s slower and fresh.
We ordered the Salmon dinner and the Pershing Plate. Here’s the food rundown:
* Warm tortilla chips tasted made in-house—not sure if they are / aren’t--and smoky salsa is addictive.
* Salmon was cooked perfectly – tequila lime sauce was fine, but the melt-in-your-mouth fish was a stand out.
* Side salad that comes with Salmon dish couldn’t have fresher iceberg, cukes, and tomatoes– ranch dressing tasted homemade but was bland. Stirring some salsa into the dressing livened up the salad.
* Chile relleno was bursting with flavor! The meat in the taco was seasoned (marinated?) perfectly and was the perfect cut of steak for a taco.
* Side dishes of rice and beans were hot and tasted on par with those of other decent Mexican restaurants.
* Lots of interesting bar drinks on the menu, but we did not try any.