I spent some time this last week with one of my favorite car salesmen in the whole world and in that conversation he mentioned that I've been missing out on some of the best Mexican food around Texoma. So based off of his recommendation, I made my way over to El Pueblo Mexican Café at 2400 South Woodlawn Boulevard in Denison. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Facility: As my guest and I entered the building, I couldn't help but notice how clean this restaurant is inside. It is very well lit and extremely tidy. Everything had a place. We were welcomed immediately by a smiling employee named Carmen. She took us over to a booth and immediately took our drink order, but gave us a minute to review the menu.
While we were sitting just taking in the artwork and the decor, I noticed a sign that said the restaurant was going to have a special margarita event. It looked like they were celebrating their anniversary. That event, however, didn't start until the next day. When I mention to Carmen that we should have come in the next day, she asked, “Do you want a margarita? I will get one for you.” Off she went. She barely gave us a chance to respond. She returned shortly with two frozen margaritas. They were fantastic. Carmen's attitude was amazing and her customer service was so good at the end of our meal, I had to tell her.
Food: For an appetizer, we had queso with chips ($3.29). Can you really ever go wrong with chips and queso? I could make a meal out of chips, salsa and queso. It was served warm and it was very flavorful. The queso was cheese, tomato and onion with chili powder on top. It was just goodness.
For my entrée, I ordered the shredded beef chimichanga ($8.99). This is a large flower tortilla filled with shredded beef and cheese and then deep fried. It was topped with queso and served with sour cream. I added a serving of guacamole to mine. The sides that I opted for were rice and beans. I like the fact that when this meal came out, it was served very hot. The beef was very tender. I added some sour cream to the top and it really kicked that flavor combination up. The beans and rice were hot as well. It was just a crunchy, flavorful, delightful entrée.
My guest ordered the chicken burrito dinner ($6.99), which was shredded chicken with sour cream and queso over the top. The flavor combination of the burrito with lettuce and tomatoes is wonderful. This entree is served with rice and beans. Once again, this meal came out very hot. It was a great combination of flavors between the cheese, the chicken and the veggies all smothered in queso.
So typically at the Mexican food restaurants that I go to, I usually order a sopapilla. This particular evening, El Pueblo was out of sopapillas. But Carmen didn't let us get discouraged about not having dessert though. She did offer that they had cheesecake. Once again, who says no to cheesecake? It was just a good basic New York style cheesecake, with whipped topping and no fruit topping ($5.59). It was the plain, rich and creamy flavorful cheesecake that you would expect out of cheesecake and it had a graham cracker crust.
Final thoughts: While my visit to El Pueblo was for the food, the waitress sealed the deal with outstanding service. She was absolutely fantastic at her job. She was very attentive to the patrons and knows her business inside and out. My experience was good enough for me to go back again.
While driving there, I wondered if anyone around Texoma realizes how many different Mexican food options we have?
Do you have a favorite Mexican food restaurant? If so, what is it?