On The Border – Barry Rd.
I usually do not review chain restaurants, but I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to On The Border, a Mexican restaurant chain found many places across the country.
Jalisco is more like a sports bar than a Mexican restaurant with TVs everywhere you look. The decor is new, plain, and cheap, but the colors are pleasant and, most important, the restaurant is clean!
The food is good in general, starting with the guacamole which is fresh and tasty at $4.00 for a medium size serving. The cheese dip, also $4.00 is also tasty and same size as the guacamole. Margarites are also $4.00, not bad, but on the small side and with NOT MUCH PUNCH if you know what I mean
The first time I visited, shortly after their opening a few months back, I had the carnitas (slow cooked chunks of pork) and the was tender and plentiful. Served with tortillas, pico di gallo, rice, and beans, a serving of guacamole would have been nice and is always a welcome accompaniment to the tender pork delights.
My wife had the cheese quesadilla, also very good although a bit pricey at $7.50 for a couple flour tortillas and some cheese. I went for the taco special yesterday, having three beef tacos with rice and beans for $6.99. I was disappointed in the taco shells, looking like the prefab variety you get at the supermarket. The tacos only came with white cheese and lettuce, no tomato or pico di gallo, a necessity when eating tacos as far as I am concerned. All three of the tacos broke in half upon first bite, so I had quite a mess on my hands … literally!
The service is good, the salsa fresh, and tortilla chips warm. Do not forget to ask for the “HOT” sauce, a tomatillo variety with more kick than the standard, but not extremely hot.
CombatCritic gives Jalisco 6 BOMBS out of 10 with room to grow as they mature and we try new, hopefully more impressive, dishes … BOMBS ARE GOOD!
Title: Sports Bar or Mexican Restaurant … Maybe Both?
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