July 26, 2012 El Dorado Grill

Pat says: It’s restaurant week and a chance to try out another Food Fight restaurant.  El Dorado Grill is on Williamson Street just past Blair when you’re coming from the west on John Nolen Drive.  It’s southwestern cuisine,  which for me is somewhere between upscale Mexican and cowboy food.  From the abbreviated restaurant week menu, Kevin and I chose (and shared) chips & salsa, pork nachos with green chili salsa, tortilla soup, grilled salmon, pulled pork dinner, and berry mousse & lemon pie for dessert.  Kevin enjoyed the tortilla soup, and said that it had a nice bite to it, but the pork nachos were the best.  Fresh crisped tortillas, tender bites of pork, salsa and a drizzle of sour cream all over a scoop of guacamole.  This appetizer could easily be a dinner in itself, but only if accompanied by a house margarita or two.  Kevin had the pulled pork on toast with barbeque sauce, a corn pancake, pinto beans, and cole slaw.  He wasn’t thrilled with the dinner – his comment – “It was good but not that good.”  My dinner was better – salmon grilled to a crispy outside, with a citrus glaze, mashed potatoes and collard greens.  Loved the salmon but after the nachos could only eat half (a good reason to bring Kevin along), I thought the mashed potatoes could have used a bit more something (garlic? chives? cheese?) and I never need to eat collard greens again.  Are they supposed to be bitter?  Partly because we had already eaten a big dinner, we were less than enthusiastic about the desserts.  The key lime jalapeno pie was served on a warm plate right out of the dishwasher – right out of the freezer would have been much much better – but Kevin ate every bite.  I left the berry mousse after the first bite.  I expected a smooth consistency and strong berry flavor – this was neither of those.  It just wasn’t tempting enough to follow the big dinner we had enjoyed.  I’m looking forward to trying El Dorado Grill again, and next time I may just stop after the pork nachos, the chips and salsa, and a couple of wonderful margaritas.  I’ll wait to give a rating when we’ve had a dinner off the regular menu.

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