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El Guapo, Somerville

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El Guapo, Somerville

Bluebell | Apr 10, 2005 08:05 PM

Decided to try the newly opened El Guapo in Somerville, in Ball Square. Even though it recently opened, the bar was bustling at 6:30 on Sunday, and the dining room was filling up.

The menu is standard Mex, with a bit of "upscale" flair. They do both flavored frozen margaritas, and have a decent selection of tequilas as well. Margaritas come in 3 levels, starting at "house" and moving up. I tried the "midlevel" which was fine and not too cloying, but didn't knock my socks off.

There are complimentary chips, and they come with 3 salsas - one green, one red, and a pico de gallo. None are very hot, but they were tasty enough.

There was a range of appetizers, including tamales, gorditas, nachos, tostados and an "aztec pizza." We went straight to entrees. I had the mole poblano enchilades, spouse had the salmon tostada, which actually came on a potato pancake. Both were fine, though not amazing. Mole sauce was more sweet than hot. Beans and rice were pretty bland, and I was surprised how lukewarm it all was.

We were full at the end, and I was glad we checked it out. I'm sure it will do a booming business, but I'll stick to either Tu Y Yo or Rudy's.

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