We arrived at Desperados Mexican Restaurant, located at 3443 West Campbell Road, in Garland, Texas, hungry and ready to eat. We brought our two sons along to celebrate some better sales on my eBay site.
We were greeted by a friendly hostess and seated promptly. The house was packed; clearly this is a very popular restaurant. We were promptly given fresh chips and hot salsa.
My husband and I were given big people menus, and the boys were given kids’ placemat menus. However, somehow they had failed to give us crayons. The boys ran off to grab some, which the restaurant happily supplied.
Fernando, our server, greeted us and asked us what we wanted to drink. I said I would like the Mangorita, which was a Margarita made with fresh mango. Fernando said that the Mango Colada was better, and that it was only $.95 more. I asked if it was frozen, and when he affirmed that it was, I decided to splurge. I wanted to reward myself for all my hard work, and this seemed a great way to do it.
The Mango Colada arrived quickly. It was served in a tall parfait glass, with some red syrup swirled in decoratively, and sugar around the rim. My youngest son quickly called dibs on the cherry, which I promptly gave him. My oldest was dissappointed, so I gave him the pineapple wedge. Oh, well, I guess I’ll get my fruit requirement another time. Anyway, according to this restaurant, there’s lots of fresh mango in this concoction, so it’s healthy, right?
The drink was delicious, and I couldn’t taste the alcohol at all. It was a refreshing mixture of mango, coconut and pineapple, and was so big it really filled me up.
My boys had difficulty ordering since there were so many things on the kids’ menu they wanted to eat. My oldest chose the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which came with fries. My youngest decided he was really hungry and needed two entrees, choosing both the Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Soft Cheese Taco. We made him decide on one, and he chose the Soft Cheese Taco.
My husband and I thought the Veggie Fajitas were the best choice for us. When Fernando returned, we placed our order. He asked us if we wanted the Fajitas for two, and I said yes.
When our food arrived, we had a huge serving of fajitas on a sizzling platter, and a huge plate of cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and fresh guacamole. We were also given two small cups of bean soup. My sons got their orders, too, but my son’s looked more like an enchilada than a soft taco. When he saw the entree, he immediately burst into tears. Fernando asked if we’d like to have the entree taken away and replaced with something else. We said all right, and naturally since he saw his brother with the grilled cheese, that’s what my little one wanted.
Strangely we weren’t given any serving utensil for our fajitas, so we had to use our forks to serve ourselves. The fajitas were a primarily a mixture of carrots, onions, and tomatoes, although there seemed to be some squash in the entree. The guacamole was the best part of the meal, since it wasn’t mashed as guacamole usually was, but rather sliced up in to large chunks of fresh avocado. Still, I felt there was a little too much onion in the fajita mixture, and that I really could have used more sweet peppers, and perhaps some mushrooms and a little more squash. We had to stop eating before we had even made a dent in the fajitas. They were just more than we could eat.
It’s typical for the staff to interrupt your meal several times, asking if everything is good, and offering to refill the water. However, we received a few more visits from the restaurant staff than we cared for during our meal. A little bit of studied neglect, I think, is far better.
When the bill came, I found that we’d been charged for a double order of fajitas, rather than the split order I’d wanted. I didn’t really feel that what we’d been given justified charging us double. However, they had not charged us for the meal my son rejected, and I though that was fair. Fernando came back and spoke with my eldest son about what it was like in Mexico, and informed us that it was his last day at the restaurant. He was very friendly and personable, and yet still professional and courteous.
I didn’t feel that it was worth complaining about the bill. I had made up my mind that I was ready to splurge, and anyway, it’s easier for me to write a few articles than it is to fight with the establishment. Anyway, we walked out the door with a huge box filled with fajitas, and my husband was already planning breakfast the next morning. He said he wanted to chop up those vegetables, saute them some more and make an omelet out of them, and I concurred.
All in all, I felt that Desperados Mexican Restaurant was a very pleasant place to eat, and that the staff made my visit an enjoyable experience.