Indiana Restaurant Review
|Don Pablo's -
Just Say No to Anejo
|Don Pablo's is a
Mexican restaurant I've been glad to dine at several times. It's
festive, has a great atmosphere, the food is usually pretty great, and the chips and salsa are edible by
the ton (yum).
|Seems the menu at
Don Pablo's has changed since the last time I was there. My
husband and I found that we wanted to try one of everything. He
solved the problem by ordering The Conquistador, which has (get this...)
a shredded beef brisket taquito, chicken flauta, Mama's Skinny
enchilada, mini BBQ rib burrito, crispy beef taco and chicken breast
fajitas meat taco. That's six items. And believe me, my
husband got full from this dish. He talked about the state of his
bloated stomach for a few hours following. But I'm confident it
was worth it. Who can pass on getting stuffed at a good Mexican
restaurant? Not I.
|My selection was
attractive to look at, but was a disappointment overall: the
Fajita Salad Pepita. This salad consists of "Fresh romaine
lettuce with marinated and mesquite-grilled steak or chicken breast
fajita meat, a creamy cilantro dressing, anejo cheese, Pico de Gallo and
roasted pumpkin seeds." I am a fan of salads, especially when
they have loads of ingredients like this one has. However, I
resent having to cut my salad, which can sometimes be quite a
task. (Maybe that's my some salads are calorie burners...all the
work you have to put into eating them.) I suppose a properly
prepared salad for visual presentation does not have cut or shredded
lettuce leaves, but having to cut the lettuce just leads to more mess on
the table and less food in my stomach. I can see why Chili's
Restaurant came up with those lettuce wraps because I was temped to eat
this salad in the same way: using the leaves of lettuce as
tortilla wraps. Oh, and I'm going to have to remember the name of
the cheese that was on my salad - anejo cheese - because I want to be
sure to avoid ordering any selection that has it on it. I found it
to be bitter, bitter, bitter.
|But on past
occasion, I've been very pleased with the food at Don Pablo's.
(And what I snuck off my husband's plate was great!) I've probably
dined at Don Pablo's ten or twelve times, and I'll eat there plenty
times more. I just won't get that salad and maybe stick with the
more traditional dishes.
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