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Restaurant Review: El Patron

The steak taco salad featured on El Patron’s menu.
The steak taco salad featured on El Patron’s menu.

Southwest Boulevard Mexican restaurant boasts flavor, ambiance and friendly staff

El Patron is a Mexican restaurant on Southwest Boulevard. El Patron looked like the perfect place for a Friday night to get a round of drinks with friends and enjoy an appetizer. Upon arrival, I was seated rapidly.

The menu had a large selection of vegetarian, seafood and traditional Mexican dishes. The variety ranged from raw oysters to taco salads. For the 21 and up crowd, El Patron offers a full bar and margarita special for $6.95.

The atmosphere was very modern with minimalist décor. Diners can enjoy margaritas with their Mexican food while overlooking Southwest Boulevard on El Patron’s patio.

El Patron had a great ambiance and service, but certain things failed to meet my expectations. The salsa for the chips was bland and needed salt or something else to add more of a punch. The chips tasted fresh and I preferred to eat them by themselves. They were so delicious they made me wish I had ordered a chip-based dish.

For the main course I selected El Patron’s steak taco salad. It arrived quickly, which showed their excellent service. The shell of the taco salad was great and I could have eaten it by itself. The steak was cooked well and the guacamole was delicious. Overall, the dish was good, but it lacked a few components like extra steak, guacamole and sour cream. There was an overabundance of lettuce that made up for what the taco salad lacked. By the time you reached the bottom of the shell you were tired of eating through so much lettuce.

On the plus side, the staff was very nice and the check arrived quickly.

Prices were reasonable. I paid $10.98 for my meal without a drink. The menu prices looked typical for most Mexican restaurants I have visited in the area.

Overall, El Patron was good, and I would like to go back and give it another shot with a different dish.

pbarra@unews.com

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