I have to say that I have great friends. I am lucky enough to have friends who know just what to get me for my birthday....gift card to a restaurant. My birthday was a couple months back, but my good freinds Zac, Kelly, and Dan gave me a gift card to El Toro restaurant in the Oakley/Hyde Park area. I love Mexican food and had never been there before, so I was excited to be able to try something new!
El Toro is located in a shopping center on Paxton Ave. where Daybreak used to be. I loved Daybreak and was a little disappointed when I saw it was closing, but there aren't a ton of Mexican options in this area.
My husband and I decided to go a couple weeks ago on a Thursday evening. We arrived around 6 or so and we were immediately seated at a table. The decor in El Toro is pretty standard for a Mexican restaurant. Lots of colors and a bar toward the back. We were seated in a booth by the window, which was nice, but a bit chilly.
Ross and I decided we were gonna start with a margartia. El Toro offers FOUR different sizes: small, jumbo, grande and monster. I was going to order the grande, but my husband talked me into the monster, we had a gift card after all, and the margaritas were a special price during happy hour. This thing came out and I couldn't believe my eyes. It wa HUGE. It was seriously the biggest margarita I have ever had in my life!! Now, as far as taste...it was just okay. I think it was a bit to sweet for my liking. I would have been happier with a smaller margarita with better proportion of tequila to the mix.
As most Mexican restaurants do, we were given some salsa and chips to start off with. The chips were pretty good. Salty and warm; however, the salsa again was just okay. It was a bit too runny for me and didn't have much flavor and no kick to it whatsoever.
We also decided to try the queso dip, which always reminds me of my sister, she loves queso. This queso was fine, better than the salsa.
El Toro's menu is also huge. Ross and I took a long time deciding what to get because there were so many options. I almost always get a quesadilla, fajitas, or tacos when I got to Mexican restaurants, so I decided to try something a bit different. I went with a combo of a taco, enchilada, and chile poblano.
All in all, these were not that great. The taco was fine. I had ordered it with chicken and it was topped with lettuce and cheese. The enchilada wasn't very good at all. The chile poblano was the best of the three. It was the only one that tasted like it had any flavor to it. The other two items I had to add hot sauce or the runny salsa to.
Ross ordered some sort of burrito, as usual. He thought his burrito was pretty good. It came with a side of rice which he thought was pretty good as well.
Our service was fine. Pretty standard overall. It was great that I had a gift card to El Toro but I don't know if I would go back. There are many other Mexican restaurants I like a lot better. Prices were pretty average as well, average $6.99-$11.99 for dinner.
So, I thank my friends again for my gift card, despite mediocre food, we had a good time!
Overall Experience: 2.5