Review: El Tapatio

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 3, 2012

Previously I had enjoyed their Mexican trio ($18.95), which had carne asada steak, shrimp, and charbroiled chicken, but my appetite was more modest. Good, because my puerco adovado ($14.25) was exquisite. The pounded, marinated, and grilled pork loin pieces were tangy and tender, accompanied by a cabbage slaw and long grain rice, plus a scoop of guacamole, with cilantro and raw onion on the side. Happy choice.

The desserts include sopapillas ($3.95), fried and honeyed tortillas sprinkled with cinnamon sugar; and chimichangas manzana ($4.95), fried tortilla filled with spiced apple slices, served with vanilla ice cream. We made the mistake of ordering the flan ($4.50), and the egg custard was so pasty from thickener that neither of us took more than a couple of bites. A shame, considering how enjoyable all the rest had been.

Yet all in all the dining experience was well worthwhile. If we hadn't been transported to Mexico, at least we'd been taken to some border town close by.

El Tapatio | 401.295.2280 | 8220 Post Rd, North Kingstown | Sun-Thurs, 11 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-11 pm | Major Credit Cards | Full Bar | Sidewalk-Level Accessible

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