El Charro Mexican Grill- A Restaurant Review

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By Evan Mason | emason3@radford.edu

El Charro Mexican Grill offers an authentic Mexican experience with Mexican dishes, music and overall vibe.

I have a love-hate relationship with some Mexican food. In my experience at some establishments, it’s either delicious authentic food, or misses the mark completely.

This was my first time at El Charro Mexican Grill, and when you come in, it is exceptionally decorated with streamers, flags, plants, lighting, colors, and paintings. Everything stands out as you walk in and makes you want to look around.

They had a diverse menu with lunch options, which is $2 more after lunch hours. They also offer different types of tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, taco salads, street tacos, seafood, and more. I decided to get the fajita taco salad and a beef burrito with a side of cheese dip.

The fajita taco salad was a combination of what was a tortilla bowl filled with steak, onions, bell peppers, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole. It also comes with tomatoes but got it without due to dietary restrictions. The beef burrito came smothered in cheese and sauce.

Both meals looked very appealing and fresh. The fajita taco salad smelled good with scents of steak, sour cream, and guacamole which filled my nose. The beef burrito didn’t smell quite as good, but I had an enormous appetite, so I was ready. The cheese sauce looked a bit watery but also smelled good.

The fajita taco salad exploded with freshness. The steak was tender and juicy, and the salad tasted clean and crunchy. The bell peppers had a particular cooked flavor with a crunchy and juicy texture. The cheese also had a fresh taste and complemented the guacamole and salad.

After finishing this meal, I went for the beef burrito which was, unfortunately, the opposite of the experience of the first meal. The beef and cheese tasted like it had been sitting out for a while. Being a side order that was the first thought that crossed my mind, but the taste made it hard even to try to finish, so I left it not wanting to take it home for leftovers. The cheese sauce was ok but way too watery.

My only other complaints were that the overhead music was a little loud when trying to have a conversation and that the plates were a little small for the fajita taco salad.

The owner was friendly, and the place was tidy. The prices were a bit lower than other Mexican restaurants around depending on what you get, and they have daily specials on food and drinks.

If I came back, I would stick to the main lunch items and would be curious to try their drinks.

Check out other restaurant reviews on The Tartan, including Rocas Mexican Grill and The Tie Dyed Pig.

Photo Credit: El Charro Mexican Grill

The Verdict:
  • 7/10
    El Charro Mexican Grill - 7/10
7/10

Great Place for an Authentic Mexican Meal!

Overall, despite some of the disappointment in my side order, the cheese sauce, plus my other minor complaints, the main meal was excellent and I enjoyed the design and decoration of the restaurant.