I ate here twice while staying at the Fairfield Inn. The food did not disappoint. The menu is a little different than your average Tex-Mex restaurant. It's a bit more authentic, I think, and includes more interesting ingredients and spices. For instance, you can order your regular ground beef tacos or enchiladas, but the restaurant clearly is aiming higher. The tacos include more interesting fillings, such as (I'm quoting the menu here): beef short rib with ancho chile sauce, queso fresco and pickled red onions; braised pork with herbs, citrus and mexican spices, topped with cilantro, white onions,queso fresco and avocado salsa; and even duck breast with a guajillo chili and pineapple sauce, topped with mango and pineapple salsa.
I chose the Adobo Grilled Chicken tacos. As stated on the menu, the grilled chicken chunks are topped with pico de gallo,queso fresco and avocado salsa. They were outstanding.
The only night that I stuck with traditional fare--a taco salad--I was not disappointed per se', but the meal wasn't anything special. Just your usual Tex-Mex taco salad. My daughter ordered cheese and onion enchiladas, even though the only enchiladas on the menu contain meat. They were excellent, largely because of the green sauce and pico that topped them. Delish.
Drinks were pretty typical. I had a margarita one night, and it tasted very good, albeit a little too watery. Again, not that big a surprise. (Could have been because of melting ice. It was on the rocks and had lots of ice.)
Overall, I'd go back to El Patron in a heartbeat. However, I'd stick to their more complex food and let them show their stuff.
For the record, on both occasions that I visited, the restaurant handled numerous large parties. The atmosphere is nonetheless very laid back and relaxing.
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