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Don Emilio at Lobo Cafe- the jury's still out...

MRS | Mar 8, 2009 09:05 AM

So, last night we ate at Don Emilio at Lobo Cafe for the first time. I can't quite decide how I feel about the experience, so I thought I'd report and see what people thought about it.
I made the 8 o'clock reservation a week ago and let them know it was for my friend's birthday. I spoke with Don Emilio who was friendly and warm and said" No problem. You will have a great time. See you then."
On the drive over, I was concerned that we might be a few minutes late ( behind a slow driver) and I called to let them know we were on the way. I was assured "no problem". We arrived at 8:05 pm and we were asked to wait just a few minutes at the bar. At that time, there 2 other groups of 4 besides us waiting at the bar. I asked how long the wait might be and he reminded me we were late, and encouraged us to have some drinks.
At 8:30, I politely asked Don Emilio how much longer the wait would be. He put his finger up and told me he was just waiting for a table to get up. He offered to "get our drinks" because of the wait but reminded us that we were late. At 8:45, I inquired again and looked in the dining room just to see. An obnoxious waiter said, " nobody's left yet." Thanks for stating the obvious, jerk!
At 9pm, we really weren't sure what to do and contemplated leaving. The table we were waiting for finally got up and they gave us our bar bill. $102!!!! For 2 rounds of drinks??? My husband reminded the bartender that D.E was "getting the drinks". After he inquired, the bill was reduced to $72 dollars. At that point, we just wanted food.
It took a very long time to get menus, but when the waiter finally came over, he was friendly, professional and on the ball. We ordered a table-side guacamole to start, a chicken quesadilla to start and entrees. Both appetizers were quite good. We ordered the guacamole mild, but perhaps should have asked for medium. Entrees were good as well. My enchiladas poblanas were excellent. A nice sized portion, and the mole sauce was superb. Too bad it was 10pm and I had filled up and chips etc...beforehand. I couldn't finish it. My husband and friend had burritos which they said were quite good, too. Our other friend had fajitas which looked great.
We order dessert, as it was my friend's birthday. She wanted the fried ice cream and my husband got the mexican crepes. I didn't have any, but was told dessert was good too.
The bill for dinner was approx 170 dollars, I believe. We were the absolute last people in the place.
As we were leaving, D.E approached my husband and did say he was sorry for the long wait, but again reminded us that we were late! I thought my husband might kill him!
Not sure if/ when we might return. I kinda missed the Flaco...

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