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Taste Buds: El Paso Mexican Grill

Mexican eatery’s Warwood location has smaller venue, same good eats

January 24, 2013
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER , Times Leader

BRRRRR!!

Not sure if Mother Nature is having a hot flash or just left the freezer door open, but darn it - it's COLD out there!

Looking to heat things up a little, the Buds decided it was the perfect time to head South of the border, so they bundled up and headed to the El Paso Mexican Grill located in the Warwood Shopping Plaza.

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Pictured is Bud Shaunna’s beef chimichanga with a side of beans. She also grabbed an order of guacamole to go with the yummy chips.

The Buds, like many of you, have eaten several times at El Paso's Highlands location, but were curious to check out the newest restaurant to see how it compared. It's all for the greater good, folks. Here's what we found out:

First, patrons will find the same sunny decor - just less of it. The Buds estimated the Warwood location to be about half the size of the one at the Highlands, and were glad to see the same brightly-colored booths. The brilliant scenes of daily living in Mexico always bring a smile to the Buds' faces.

Secondly, the menu is the same. The Buds love the moderately priced options on the super extensive menu.

If there is a food found in Mexico that isn't on the menu the Buds would be surprised!

If you want it and it's Mexican, they've got it. Tacos, fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, quesadilias, nachos, tamals, chalupas, enchiladas and tostadas - it's all there and then some!

The Lunch Only menu, which is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, has over 22 specials!

No, we are not kidding!

And that doesn't include the dinner specials and combination platters which include south of the border foods of the chicken, beef, seafood, pork and vegetarian variety!

After pouring over the menu, Bud Shaunna decided on Lunch Special No. 6. For $5.44, she was treated to a chimichanga topped with lettuce, cheese and sour cream. Bud Shaunna asked for beef and was pleasantly surprised when she found it the chimi was filled with tender beef tips and not the usual ground beef. Nice! The lunch also came with a choice of either rice or beans, and feeling the need for extra protein, Bud Shaunna chose the beans. This lunch was more than enough, along with several (and we do mean SEVERAL) tortilla chips, to satisfy this hungry Bud!

Bud Em decided to try one of El Paso's "Especialidades." This proved to be quite the smart move. She settled on the Special El Paso, which is moderately priced at $8.99. For just under nine bucks, the dish includes a chicken burrito and a beef tip burrito topped with yummy cheese and accompanied by a generous portion of both rice and beans.

This dish really hit the spot! The chicken and beef tips were tender and lean making for a couple of delicious burritos. The rice and beans were both tasty as well, not overly salty or spicy. Bud Em did note that a bit of shredded lettuce and sour cream would have made the dish even better.

If you have a hankering for Mexican cuisine or just need to escape to a warmer, cheerier atmosphere, we recommend heading to El Paso, where they are sure to put a fire in your belly!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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