Delicious–El Paso, TX

Delicious Mexican Eatery
11335 Montwood Dr.
El Paso, TX
(915) 857-1396
Delicious Mexican Eatery

Delicious Mexican Eatery on the east side


I count Delicious Mexican Eatery as one of the restaurants where everything is good, and you really can’t go wrong with anything you order. Having said that, though, I thought the enchilada was the best item on the combination plate I ordered, with everything else serving as a very good compliment to it.

For years I have thought of Delicious as being on Fort Boulevard in central El Paso (where it is still operating). It turns out that for a while they had a branch on the west side which is now closed, along with another branch in east El Paso which is still open (and is the subject of this review). From my experiences at the Fort Boulevard restaurant I always thought of Delicious as being a taco and meat item restaurant, but I have now discovered that there is a larger choice of items that are their specialties (which I like and my friends recommend as well).

Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa

Chips and salsa

Like most restaurants in the area, Delicious has fresh chips and salsa. I thought the salsa was notable for having a fresh green chile flavor and for being spicy enough but not overly so.

Combination Plate

Combination plate

Combination plate

Delicious lists several choices for combination plates on the menu, but this is just a starting point. You can substitute just about anything and build your own plate. The choice is made easier because all items are visible through a glass and they serve the food on your plate buffet style (although it is not all you can eat). With the quantity they give, though, it really is all that almost anybody can eat.

I thought the best thing about the combination plate was the variety, but the best single item was the Enchilada. This was a red enchilada as is the custom at most El Paso restaurants. The sauce was bright red and more flavorful than most (to me it looked to be cumin free, as the taste demonstrated as well).

The Chile Relleno had no sauce on top and was very good except for the fact that the cheese inside was really not memorable compared to some of the others.

The Beef Flauta was very good except for the fact that I rated the guacamole as four stars.

The Chile Verde was my least favorite main item, although I still put it as five stars (showing an overall consistency in flavor and quality of the food).

The Beans were some of the best anywhere.

Other Notes
Orders are placed at the counter, and because all the food is visible through the glass this makes for a very good build-your-own combination plate.

I did not find the iced tea to be the same quality as the food, which I think was just a fluke and they were having a bad day with the tea.

They have quite a few items which I did not try, and from the Fort Boulevard location I know that they are good on tacos and other meat items.


RATING: 23

Cuisine: Mexican
Cost: $$
Hours: Open daily except Sun. evening
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: N/A

Most Recent Visit: Jan. 9, 2018
Number of Visits: 1
Best Items: Enchilada, Beans

 

Mexican Food Details

Chile Index: chile 4
Cooking Oil: N/A

 

Special Ratings
star 5 Enchilada
star 5 Chile Relleno
star 5 Flautas
star 5 Chile Verde
star 5 Beans
star 5 Chips
star 5 Salsa

Las Palmas–El Paso, TX

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant
1605 George Dieter Dr.
El Paso, TX
(915) 629-9898
Las Palmas

Las Palmas


I received a tip that Las Palmas was one of the most flavorful Mexican restaurants in El Paso, but that the albondigas served as a Thursday lunch special was the one dish that I really needed to try. Of course I had to try the albondigas, and based on the fact that they fully met my expectations I have reason to believe that the other things I heard about the restaurant are true. I believe this is a restaurant people will want to put on their rotation for Mexican food.

There are different lunch specials each weekday, but rather than regular menu items served at a lower price, they are items that are only served on that day (and only for lunch). These seem to be items that take longer to prepare than most dishes, and include such items as mole (also available on Thursday). Of course I do not know if these are the best items at Las Palmas, but I know that they are not typically available at El Paso restaurants.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa

Chips and salsa

The chips and salsa were a good indication that the food would be very good here, particularly because of the fresh and flavorful salsa.

Albondigas

Albondigas

Albondigas is a special on Thursday

The Albondigas served Thursdays as a lunch special are a little deceiving because a bowl of soup like this does not look as filling as it actually is. It actually has several beef meatballs that make a very substantial meal, and the broth is so flavorful I could tell the restaurant really knows what it is doing when it comes to Mexican food. Albondigas are not typically one of my favorite Mexican foods, but I always enjoy something that is among the best in its class, as the one here proved to be.

Other Notes
The restaurant is very busy at lunch time, and the service is a little slow by the standards of when I was working in an office and only had an hour for lunch. After the usual wait for a table, though, things go pretty smoothly from that point forward.

From what I tried I believe this is one of the better Mexican restaurants in El Paso, but I am only working from a sample size of one dish (and of course the chips and salsa). I think the crowd at lunch says something about what the locals think about the food.


RATING: 23

Cuisine: Mexican
Cost: $$
Hours: Open daily (breakfast Fri-Sun.)
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: N/A

Most Recent Visit: Feb. 1, 2018
Number of Visits: 1
Best Items: Albondigas

 

Mexican Food Details

Chile Index: chile 4
Cooking Oil: N/A

 

Special Ratings
star 5 Albondigas
star 5 Chips
star 5 Salsa

Food Writers Don’t Seem to Get Respect, Even in Hong Kong

As television networks become less and less interesting, I am finding other means of entertainment that I never knew existed. One is the television programs from Hong Kong which are broadcast on the TVB channel. They are usually a one-time program of about 20 to 30 episodes which are broadcast and later distributed on DVD’s or on the Internet. Of course the programs later distributed come with English subtitles or else I would not be able to understand them (even Mandarin speakers have to have Chinese subtitles in order to follow what is happening).

One can gain a surprising amount of food knowledge through the programs, although this is usually done as a means to develop the program plot. In The Rippling Blossom the entire plot is built around Japanese food, which the main characters import to Hong Kong through competing Japanese restaurants. I am mentioning the show as a backdrop, which can be viewed for free at this web site:

https://www.viki.com/explore?country=hong-kong .

I have checked the site and there are no strings attached except that they show ads in the middle of the episodes. Be sure to turn on the English subtitles, though, through the settings icon in the lower right part of the window.

One of my favorite parts of the show is where Keung Keung, a young food writer who specializes in Japanese food, comes to live with the Yu family (their two sons end up operating rival Japanese restaurants). At her first family meal with them Keung Keung is served some dishes but begins to complain about them making such statements as “this is too salty,” and “this does not taste right.” She definitely does not mean this as an insult but out of habit probably said it out loud as she would do when visiting restaurants which she wanted to review. Chi-ying, one of the sons who later becomes Keung Keung’s boyfriend instinctively says to her, “Why do you criticize a family meal?” Keung Keung, not really embarrassed but at the same time not trying to be snooty, replied “I can’t help it. I have sensitive taste buds!” While not condoning her actions, I do understand how she feels.

One of the jokes of the program is that the family’s name “Yu” has the same pronunciation as the word meaning fish, and the sons deal with fish every day as their profession.

Many commenters on forums about this program indicate that they cannot watch any of the episodes without getting hungry for sushi or the other Japanese food shown in the program. The program does show the amount of effort that goes into really good sushi. I think it is helpful when visiting high end sushi restaurants and realizing what really goes into the food they are serving.