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El Jarro (De Mole) Is Great -- Really?

Cara | Aug 27, 200604:06 AM     9

Based on Chowish reviews, I went back there tonight for a second visit. I ate there once when the place first opened, what, a year or two ago? I wasn't impressed the first time around, thought I was tasting garlic powder in the food...anyway, tonight I ate a bland, almost tasteless soup that sounded interesting when described by the waiter, but which turned out to be just some chicken broth with zucchini slices and a bit of squash blossom floating in it for color. If it hadn't been for the little cubes of queso blanco floating in the broth there would have been nothing at all to taste.

I tried an al pastor taco that was generous in size, but tough to chew, and similarly lacking in flavor: no heat, little spiciness, sparse unripe pineapple, barely any cilantro. Al pastor is one of my favorite taco varieties, but this was just a chore to get through. The best of the three things I tried was a quesadilla, also stuffed with squash blossoms, cheese and some other ingredients, with a nicely fried corn tortilla. Also had a very good salsa and tortilla strips before the meal. Nice service too.

I certainly like the prices, and wouldn't mind another visit, but if this place is as good as it gets, some guidance is in order. What should I be ordering?

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