Friday, August 3, 2012
Mexican food review: El Norte in Plano
An adventure in mediocrity.
It was with great anticipation that I went to El Norte Mexican Grill with my husband and son. It had won an award in D Magazine, and as a family-owned business, its website claimed that the menu was so traditional as to be radical. They supposedly buy their meat locally.
I realized halfway to the restaurant that I forgot my camera! Everyone in the car was starving and thus refused to turn around. Perhaps this was the first prophetic sign.
The decor was shabby-hip, peeling paint with some faded murals. The food was an adventure in mediocrity. Who needs pictures when the food looked better than it tasted? The super-nice server was the best part of the evening.
Guac - passable. Bean & cheese burrito - lackluster. It was described as grande but was too small. The pinto beans lacked flavor. Texas brisket tacos - a signature dish -- hubby described it as prepared well, with low-quality meat and was difficult to chew. Chicken mole enchiladas - mole lacked depth, with not enough chocolate or chilies.
Give me chain any day, especially when it's predictable. :(
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