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Las Palmeras II on Lee Hwy, Arlington

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Las Palmeras II on Lee Hwy, Arlington

shortorder | Dec 22, 2005 11:52 AM

I went looking for kabob at a place very near my house, a stretch of Lee Highway I drive all the time, and found the kabob place replaced by this Salvadoran/Mexican place, six days ago. I was going to say it was "new," but with the "II" in the name I have to assume this is the second location.

Six tables and a counter. Fairly wide selection, including seafood, fajitas, breakfast items, soups, ceviche, grilled meats, children's menu.

Some items were not yet ready. At noon I was the only customer. One man walked in to order while I was eating, took a sniff and pronounced that the place "smells good."

I tried ordering one pupusa, one pork taco, and one tamale "de chipilin," which the menu translates as "Salvadoran leaf tamale." Ten minutes later I had, instead, a chicken tamale. A communication problem, I suppose. My complaints were to no avail, as there was no chipilin yet ready. Aside from my defeated interest in trying chipilin, the chicken tamale was pretty good, mixed with garbanzo beans. The pupusa was very good, crispy and light.

I had to make a second request for my pork taco, and was then told that there was no pork yet. I settled on the beef taco, which was excellent. The meat was crispy and juicy. It was a little onion-heavy for my taste this day, but it was overall a success.

So, some menu items are not yet ready, but they seemed to have beef figured out.

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