El Dorado, Ashland, Wisconsin, 8/14/17

building
building

El Dorado is on Lake Shore Dr. as you exit Highway 2 to go into Ashland.  One side of the medium sized place is windows overlooking the Chequamegon Bay – part of Lake Superior – and the other side, where the entry is, faces a one story motel.  There is limited parking around the restaurant but the sign by the door says additional parking is available at the motel however the motel clearly has their spaces marked “for hotel parking”.  Inside you will find a bustling place full of workers, families and folks just stopping for lunch.   Service is efficient but not overly chatty or attentive.  For example, if you need a beverage re-filled or additional utensils or napkins, be prepared to snag a waiter and ask for them.  

front door
entrance
interior
interior
interior
interior
Frankie checked out the condiments
Frankie checked out the condiments
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 4
menu 4
menu 5
menu 5
menu 6
menu 6
Frankie said the bathroom was simple but functional
Frankie said the bathroom was simple but functional

 

Tables are set with a bowl of mild but tasty salsa and crisp, thick chips that lack a distinctive corn taste.  It is an unremarkable starter but nevertheless pleasant tasting.  They offer a large menu and a few lunch specials as well as a couple specials of the day (which seemed to be things on the menu but offered at a discount).

chips
chips
salsa
salsa
daily special board
daily specials sign

 

We tried the Lunch Special #1 which was a Chile Relleno, beef taco, beans and guacamole salad.  The large poblano pepper that made up the relleno had a nice strong and spicy flavor and was stuffed with gooey white cheese.  The coating was soft but blended well with the molé sauce and extra cheese on top.  The sauce was a surprise but actually made for a delicious combination of flavors.  The beef taco was less exciting with a bland super ground beef filling.  The guacamole salad had minimal flavor but was covered with lettuce and more cheese that made good supplements to the taco.  The beans were very acceptable – creamy with mild flavor – and rounded out a good and well priced plate of food.

lunch special
Lunch special No. 1: Chile Relleno, beef taco, beans and guacamole salad.
inside
inside
Frankie looked out the window
Frankie looked out the window

 

One of the daily specials was the Bistec a La Mexicana – tender slices of steak grilled with onions, tomatoes and jalapeños and served with rice, beans and flour tortillas.  The steak had a nice caramelized finish and beefy taste and the jalapeños were canned but still added a good amount of heat to the dish.  The tortillas and rice were ordinary but perfectly completed the plate.

ranchero
Bistec a la Mexicana: tender slices of steak grilled with onions, tomatoes and jalapeños. Served with rice, beans and choice of corn or flour tortilla.
decoration that seems to inspired their logo graphic
decoration that seems to inspired their logo graphic

 

The combination #11 was One Enchilada, One Beef Burrito and One Chile Relleno.  On this plate the relleno was stuffed with the insipid ground beef and didn’t work as well for me.  The enchilada was acceptable and combined with a side of guacamole this plate was fine but not as good as the first two.

combination
One enchilada, one beef burrito and one chile relleno
guacamole
guacamole
Frankie took in the table
Frankie took in the table
interior
interior
sign on the road
sign on the road
Frankie checked out the patio
Frankie checked out the patio

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