Me, myself, and Food

I have lived in Denver for 7 years, and grew up in Nederland Colorado. I eat all around the state, I know a lot of hidden gems, and want to share them with you. I am always looking for good restaurants and I am sick of digging and digging for that information, come on Colorado lets share what we are eating!!!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Worst Mexican Food I'ver ever had in Colorado

If you are looking for over-salted meat, over-salted salsa and bad customer service, then by all means visit, El Tapatio,5390 Wadsworth Bypass. Arvada, CO 80002.  My friend Mike and I went here last Wednesday night around 6pm.  First off we were greeted and sat down immediately.  We were brought chips and salsa.  We both asked for a coke to drink.  The drinks came fast.  The menu here is really large, I think maybe too large.  Mike and I dug into the chips and salsa and we were a bit disappointed.  The salsa is really, really, salty and pretty spicy for most people's liking(I like spicy food, but I can see someone who does not rejecting this salsa).  Second the chips were not fresh made, pretty much tasted liked they opened a bag and dumped them in the tray. 

I ordered something that I thought was a great idea, and still do.  I actually think I am going to make a version of it at home, but will not go back to El Tapatio for a repeat.  I had the El Tapatio special which is fajita meat placed on top of a cheese quesadilla and served with rice, beans, and sour cream.  I love the idea of this, or putting fajitas in a quesadilla would be good as well.  The meat was salty and overcooked and the beans tasted like they came from a can (not homemade).  It kind of reminded me of eating at Taco Bell but I think I might have enjoyed Taco Bell more, at least I could have eaten it in my car.

Mike got something called Enchiladas Rancheros, Enchiladas topped with an egg.  He pretty much ate the whole thing but when I asked him if he liked it he said, "Not really."  Typical boy eats the whole thing even though it doesn't taste good.  He is from the school of not wasting food, I am from the school of if it tastes bad don't eat it. 

As far as the service goes, it was bad.  There are a lot of TV's around the restaurant and our waitress was pretty much into watching that instead of helping us.  When she brought the food she never came back until I saw her and asked her for more coke, she got it for me since we were sitting right next to the wait station, but never asked Mike if he wanted anymore and his glass was almost empty.  People that work in the serving industry should at least want to work a little for a tip, this girl seemed like she was here to just earn minimum wage and really didn't give a F*** about anything else.  Mike left the tip and I think he left $5 which I felt was way too much. Overall, if you want to eat bad Mexican food, get bad service, and sit in an old Bennigans building, this is the place for you.  If that does not sound appealing to you, I would skip this place.   


  1. That sucks! I guess Mexican food is better closer to the border?

  2. No it is good here but not at this restaurant!!!!! I will post some good reviews soon :)