It seems that anywhere you drive around town, a new Mexican restaurant pops up if there’s a vacancy in a strip mall.
For example, next to my veterinarian’s office, I noticed a new Mexican eatery had moved in and joined another Latino restaurant across the parking lot. And a couple of blocks away are two other similar restaurants. It makes one wonder if all these dining spots can survive with so much comparable competition.
And then you wonder about the quality of the food served in the various establishments. The array can make a person dizzy about which place to choose for some favored Tex-Mex dining.
I usually gravitate to just a couple of places, but most times return to one of the three Don Pablo’s around the city. It seems that Don Pablo’s is dependable and offers quality food at reasonable prices. And it is family friendly.
Many times specials are offered like the fajita forever Mondays, when you get all you can eat for $10.99 or all you can eat tacos on Tuesdays for $6.99 or fajita Wednesdays for $8.99 or endless enchilada Thursdays for $8.99.
Feeling really hungry? How about a delicious juicy ribeye steak, mesquite grilled to order and served with two sides for $14.99. Add a skewer of grilled shrimp for $4.99. For true aficionados of Mexican food are Don Pablo’s combo meals, from which you can mix and match to your taste buds’ delight.
Here are a few examples:
The new cinco combo meaning five items including a crispy beef taco, a soft chicken taco plus three enchiladas – cheese and onion, beef, and chicken. All served with Mexican rice and another side of your choice for the price of $11.99.
Numero uno favorito which features a crispy steak fajita taco, a soft chicken fajita taco with sautéed onions and peppers, and a chicken enchilada. Also served with Mexican rice and a side of queso and another side of your choice for $9.99.
My personal favorite is the create your own combo where you can pick a two combo for $8.99 or pick a three combo for $10.49. The offerings include crispy or soft tacos, enchiladas, tamales, or chile relienos and served with the rice and another side. I always pick three tamales, my most-liked Mexican food.
There are many other varieties of both Tex and Mex prepared foods like barbecued ribs, burritos and chimichangas, tacos and enchiladas. Lots of salads and soups add to the array of foods available.
And don’t forget dessert. If you’ve never tasted fried ice cream, be adventurous and give it a try. It’s vanilla ice cream, battered and breaded with a cinnamon crisp coating and fried to perfection. It’s topped off with strawberry puree, A bargain for $4.99.
Don Pablo’s also offers fiesta meals and platters to go as well as regular menu items. They are great for families or larger groups. Call a restaurant near you for details.
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