Archive for July, 2008

The local Mexican flavor

I like El Toro.

There.  I’ve said it.  It’s not a popular opinion, or so I have learned.  Charmed and I started to frequent the local location on Gilbert St. after it first opened.  We enjoyed the C-U locations and were thrilled to have them in Danville.  Why do we like ET?  Let me count the ways…

  • Food is delivered hot AND with flavor / spice
  • Margaritas actually have tequila in them that you can TASTE!
  • Service is fast, friendly and attentive.
  • Prices are reasonable and portions are generous

I thought I was somehow missing out on something…  I encountered friends the other day who were leaving ET and they told me that the only reason they were there was because they were meeting family.  Otherwise, they MUCH prefered La Potosina.  Okay.  I didn’t recall La Pot being all that, but perhaps they had changed.  I had an occasion last week to have a dinner meeting at La Pot.  Sadly, nothing has changed.

  • Our server changed mid-meal
  • My meal was cold and flavorless
  • My margarita was very weak

The only other Mexican option is Buen Apetito in the former Sweetwaters location on North Vermilion.  It’s okay.  It was better when it was just the tiny hole-in-the-wall on Woodbury Street.  It had atmosphere and was cozy.  I thought the food tasted better.  When they moved / closed the Woodbury St. location the menu changed (my favorite enchilada dish was gone!) and it seemed more “Americanized.”

Maybe I don’t have taste.  I don’t know.  All I do know is that virtually every Sunday night you will find Charmed and I at El Toro with the $5.50 margarita special, perusing the menu for something we haven’t tried.  YUM!

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