Monday, October 8, 2012

Out: El Paso Mexican Restaurant


El Paso Mexican Restaurant is not much to look at, but do not pass it by or write it off. Didn't your mother teach you not to judge a book by it's cover? Well, this book has tasty mexican food inside, so, open your mind and take a seat. We drove past this place many times ourselves and wondered if it was any good. It took one recommendation from a coworker to finally motivate us to try it. I [Matt] love all food (if you don't know that by now, this blog will soon prove it), but I don't spend a lot of time in authentic Mexican restaurants. I find that most are just margarita pumps where the food is an afterthought. El Paso absolutely has it the other way around. 

Carne enchilada chimichanga
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My sparse run-ins with authentic Mexican food leave me ill-equipped to justly describe the awesomeness. I've never had an enchilada inside a chimichanga before, but I would certainly order this again. Savory chunks of pork dressed with chili sauce, beans, peppers and cheese filled this tortilla wrapped masterpiece. The Internet told me that carne enchilada means "chili dressed meat", but there is not really chili in the chimichanga. I think the pork bathed in chili before resting inside it's final home. The accompaniments are excellent as well. The guacamole is smooth and not overpowered by lime juice. The pico de gallo is fresh and dances gently on your taste buds. Finally, the rice was full of flavor and I would have easily cleaned my plate if I didn't need it for lunch the next day. 

Chorizo enchiladas

Nancy ordered the Chorizo enchiladas and I was jealous the moment they appeared on the table. Chorizo is a magical sausage that has a distinct and amazing flavor. Find it and eat it! These enchiladas come with a choice of green, brown or red sauce. She selected red (pictured above). The red sauce was fairly mild and mild is my speed. I don't care for food where the capsaicin takes over your entire face and you can't taste anything but burning. While Nancy snuck bites of my guacamole and pico, I kept reaching for her refried beans. We love refried beans!

It was the perfect comfort food for the dribbling rainy weather we were having that day, but I encourage you to go no matter what kind of day you're having. It's probably great apocalypse food too. Our only regret was that we didn't leave room to try the coconut flan, but don't worry, we'll be back.


-Matt

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