El Paso, TX
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
The chips and salsa were a good indication that the food would be very good here, particularly because of the fresh and flavorful salsa.
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.
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.
Hours: Open daily (breakfast Fri-Sun.)
Smoking: No smoking
Most Recent Visit: Feb. 1, 2018
Number of Visits: 1
Best Items: Albondigas