Lunch at El Jalisco

Recently El Jalisco opened a second restaurant in Tallahassee on Kerry Forest Parkway.  The location used to house Cabell’s American Bar & Grill that closed sometime last year. It is hidden behind a bank and a small stip mall and is easy to miss if you are not looking for it.

Pulling into the small roundabout in front of the restaurant I noticed a sign advertising $5 lunch specials. We entered the large wooden front door and were immediately seated at a booth that could have accomodated a party of 8.  The inside was brightly painted and decorated to look like the inside of a hacienda with exposed rock and red tile.  It had a feeling of newness and everything was spotless.

The waiter came over and dropped some menus and told us all of the lunch offerings were $5 except for the fajitas.  Immediately after he left another member of the wait staff dropped off a basket of warm chips and salsa.  El Jalisco’s salsa had chunks of tomatoes, onions and cilantro.  It also had a nice spicy bite and is one of the better salsas served at Mexican restaurants in Tallahassee.

Following a recent Twitter exchange I decided to order the Burrito El Jalisco while Becky opted for the Special Quesadilla.  Our food arrived in about 5 minutes on two large oval dishes.  The burrito occupied the left side and consisted of ground beef wrapped in a flour tortilla and then covered in enchillada sauce and cheese.  Next to it sat iceberg lettuce, sour cream, avocado, and chopped tomatoes.

The burrito was average.  The ground beef did not have a lot flavor and overall it was rather pedestrian. I am not a fan of covering my burritos with all of the side items and ate them by themself.  The vegetables were fresh.  Becky said her quesadilla was very good and the portion was so large she ended taking half of it home.  I had a bite and it was much better than the burrito I ordered.

While the burrito did not live up to my hopes I would go back as the staff was friendly and the restaurant was very clean. However, I think I would opt for something more exciting like the fajitas.

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: B
Taste: C+
Presentation: C
Service: A
Cleanliness: A
Price: $

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