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El Cholo - Pasadena

Cibassett | May 3, 2004 08:03 PM

Crab enchiladas, mmmmmm. Sounds yummy eh? If you want some good crab enchiladas, DON'T go to El Cholo on Fair Oaks in Pasadena for 'em. I did last Saturday evening and ended up wishing I hadn't especially at over $12.00 for one (yes, that's right, one) pathetic excuse for a crab enchilada. With this, what El Cholo's menu describes as a crab enchilada, came a few spoons full of black beans and a sort of chopped up zuchini salad which actually was tasty as were the black beans.

Now to get to the crab enchilada which was my primary reason for going to El Cholo (first time by the way). When my dinner was set before me, at first I thought the server had given me a wrong order as what I looked down at appeared to be a cheese quesadia smothered in a salsa verde. I should say two cheese quesadias as I had ordered an extra crab enchilada. Who ever heard of an order of enchiladas where you get just one? Not me and I'm a born and raised Angeleno.

Half way through my first enchilada I had to stop and open the thing to see if there was, in fact, any crab meat hiding in there somewhere cause I sure couldn't taste any. Sure enough, someone had been considerate enough to sprinkle a few strands of crab meat along it's length. To say I was disappointed would be a gross understatement! I hate being ripped off like that. I don't mean to be a cheapskate but at $12 plus c'mon! That baby better be chock full of crab meat. And El Cholo has gotten such good reviews. Well, that is the last time I'll throw my money away at El Cholo. The Rolls Royce and number of Mercedes Benz parked in the lot should have warned me I think. No thanks, I'll stick to my East L.A. cheap 'n cheerfuls for good Mexican food at fair prices.

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