While exclaiming about the chips we managed to somehow read our menus and order. The hubby chose the “Speedy Gonzalez” a combination plate comprised of a taco, an enchilada and his choice of rice or beans. (He went for the rice). I decided to move away from my love affair with fajitas and selected a Burrito Mariachi with beef.
We happily chatted while our food was prepared, talking over our weekend plans. Our food came up quickly, colorful and neatly presented.
My burrito (shown at the top of this post) came with refried beans, rice, and a “salad”* that consisted of shredded iceburg lettuce, a bit of cheese, a single tomato slice and sourcream. The housemade beans were smooth and not overly salty. The rice, tender and crunchy around the edges, included lima beans, corn, carrots and green beans. The rice had a light sheen from the oil used during cooking, but was surprisingly not greasy. I was thrilled with the nongreasy rice, but underwhelmed with the standard freezer pack veggies. The “salad”, like most in Mexican restaurants, was most useful if treated as garnish. Unlike most, however, it was edible. The tomato while clearly a standard off peak tomato was surprisingly fresh and provided a nice contrast to the rather midling iceburg lettuce. The sour cream and finely shredded cheese blend were standard store bought components that tasted exactly as expected.
The burrito itself was a flour tortilla filled with ground beef, topped with a thick layer of cheddar and jack cheese and a generous amount of red enchilada sauce. I had a see-sawing relationship with the burrito. It looked beautiful! (up) But when I cut into it, the beef was ground beef. (down) And yet, the ground beef was fluffy with bits of onion and real spices not packaged taco seasoning. (up) And then I started wondering what would make ground beef fluffy. (down) Not that any of that stopped me from enjoying my lunch and taking the remainder home for the next day.
The hubby enjoyed his plate, stating that it was very cleanly done.
Total for the meal: $14.85 (Two lunch plates, two soft drinks)
*I realize that these are not true salads, as they are generally meant to be scooped onto the main dish as condiments more than anything else. However, the addition of shredded cheese (when there was abundant cheese on the burrito) makes it seem like more of a standalone item.
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