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El Cholo - Yuck!

Coachboy | Jan 17, 200510:13 AM

I hadn't been to El Cholo since I moved here in the early nineties - I recall liking the fajitas and drinks.

Invited last night to Santa Monica branch - passed many times in car, never been.

Wow, is this place packed. Had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, which I was told was short.

Same menu as Western location.

Meal started ominously - chips tasted like they were fried in rancid/old oil. Salsas were uninspiring.

Host ordered guacamole - it tasted like it came from TJ's. One bite was all I could manage.

I ordered blue corn chiken enchiladas. Blech! What appeared to be stringy, boiled white meat chicken enclosed in tough, flavorless blue corn tortillas. Smothered in a slightly bitter, flavorless tomatillo sauce.

Even the sides - rice and beans - were bad.

Margarita was overly sweet.

At least the Pacifico was nice and cold :^)

BTW, the fajitas and combo plate that my fellow diners ordered looked equally dismal.


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