El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, Granite Shoals, TX - Friday 05/05/17
What we experienced was less than stellar. I would not recommend dining here, let me tell you why:
I like to do a little research before I venture off to a new place. What I found online, should have been a sign to abort mission. Their Facebook page lists the hours of operation as 6am-10pm. We arrived around 8pm, so we didn't think we would have a problem. The menu even states that they close at 10pm.
restaurant in Tennessee with the same name.
We started off with a complimentary basket of chips & salsa. Amanda had eaten here once before & really enjoyed it. This time though, she said the salsa was different. She thinks it was better the last visit.
After reading the description, it sounds like a tasty dish (beef fajita, chicken, chorizo & pineapple) Sadly, it was anything but....hard crusty beef, dry chewy chicken & only a hint of chorizo. It also includes a side plate of rice, beans, guacamole salad & ONLY 2 tortillas.
|only thing "special" is the free tea|
Back to El Tapitio's version.... these were a huge disappointment. They were basically a crumbly fried, tostada. I couldn't even pick it up to eat it. I had to use a fork.
|puffy taco & cheese quesadilla|
|greasy barbacoa taco|
Thomas went with the Pollo Mexicano - chicken breast, zucchini, rice & beans, guacamole salad & ONLY 2 tortillas.
Another nicer waitress, delivers a couple of salsa containers. A red & green, that were fantastic. The red was different than what was served with the chips. It tasted better too.
Shortly after we were informed of the 9pm closing, we asked for our check. She directs us to the counter where we have to recite back what each of us had ordered. Then to make it even worse, she says "By the way, our credit card machine is down. We can only accept cash. There is an ATM at the store next door." Luckily, Shelly had enough cash to cover our part of the check, but TnA had to pay the ATM fee to get out cash. Horrible business practice!
Overall great visit with old friends, mediocre food & lackluster service. If you ever find yourself in the area, take my advice.....KEEP DRIVING.