I didn't have a lot of time but felt like a skirt steak so I stopped in at the closest place to me. I got there a bit after 2pm and all of the booths on the main side were taken, so I got one in the back room. There was a big table with some kids over on one side, so it was noisy until they left.
It's easy to miss the back room; I forgot it was here and I almost left.
Jalisco Back Room
The deal here is very mechanical. As soon as you sit down you get menus, chips salsa and soup. Bang Bang.
Jalisco Chips Salsa and Soup
The salsa was better than usual today. Sometimes the hot one is way too watery. There's no Yellow at Jalisco; no lemons or Splenda.
The soup is always the same. Chicken with rice. Today there was something stalky inside. I didn't eat it. The soup tastes like broth.
I ordered the skirt steak, which has gone up to $14.95. In a place like this, I expected a pretty good sized steak for that amount of money. But when they brought it out, I thought it was way too small for what they were charging.
This is a lunch sized steak. The beans were a little short also; I think they're starting to nickel and dime here. The bowl of beans was maybe half full; a trick I'd expect with the lunch special but not with a full priced meal.
Music here is Mexican with spanish lyrics. Festive without being annoying.
Service was particularly bad. After my server dropped off the steak, I didn't see her or anyone else for a long time. The iced tea only had a bit of ice when delivered, and it was very warm shortly thereafter. I couldn't drink it for a while until my server stopped in. I asked for more ice and she just brought me a refill.
The skirt was well marinated and although it was very skinny, was a decent steak. The chimichurri wasnt very good; there was something chunky in it, maybe something in the onion family, and not enough parsley. Not terrible, but not that good either.
Jalisco Churrasco w/Chimichurri
This should have been $11.95. I wouldn't order this again at this price.
When I was done, there was no-one to flag down. The back room is bad news for service. I waited more than 10 minutes for her to come back to check on me. Not good enough. When I'm done eating I want to leave.
Smaller portions, higher prices and worse service. Not a good trend.
Once in a while, you need a sure thing. Not necessarily something great, but something consistent and solid. Jalisco fits that bill.
There's no hostess here; no fluff. You come in and sit down. Eventually someone comes and brings you a menu. If the booths are taken, you can sit at the bar; but I prefer to come after 2pm so I can get a booth.
A menu comes along with chips. One of the "salsas" is just tomatoes and some fresh cilantro. Neither are very hot. The chips are house-made with not very much salt.
Once you order, you get the soup. "chicken soup" they call it. It has one piece of chicken, rice and a lot of broth. It's better than nothing.
Jalisco Rice Soup
The iced tea comes in a big plastic cup with lime. No Splenda here.
One of the things I like about Jalisco is that it's both Mexican and Cuban/Spanish. You can get a cheese enchiliada, burrito, or a churrasco with chimichurri. Today I felt like Ropa Vieja.
There is zero ambiance here; no music, TVs on Soccer and other things that Americans wouldn't want to watch. Ropa Vieja is pre-made, so it comes out right away.
Jalisco Ropa Vieja
The lunch version of this is $7.95; prices are up a bit in the past few years. It's not very garlicky, a bit under seasoned for my taste. But it 's not bad. They even put vegetables in it here; some places leave out the onions and the peppers.
The service is typical Latin Restaurant. They take your order and drop stuff off; no minutia like "do you need anything else". It's very mechanical.
But they've got it down. In and out in a half hour.
I probably drove by Jalisco 500 times before I ever went in; always wondering what it was like. This was before I started InsideFortLauderdale, and there was zero in information available on the place. There's still not much, but at least you have this
Jalisco is like one of those ethnic places you find back on Andrew's Ave and Dixie Hwy, except this one is right on US1. It looks like a real dump from the outside, but it's not as bad as you might think on the inside. I'm not sure if Jalisco is old-world or just plain old, but it has the look of a place that hasn't been redecorated since the day it was opened. There's a wooden bar with 8 seats; wooden stools with low backs and in need of paint. There are 2 TVs with soccer and spanish stations on. Maroon Vinyl booths line the walls. If you've been bad, they put you at the little table on the inner wall.
Its one of the few places where you get a full setup for lunch and can get plenty of food for under $10. They serve an "Express Lunch" until 3:30; and it really is express. When you sit down you get a big basket of chips and 2 kinds of salsa along with a cup of "homemade" soup.
Jalisco Chips and Soup
The chips are generally fresh but the salsa is sub-par; the soup is nothing more than salty broth with some rice. The express lunches are priced from 5.95 to 7.95, but I decided to splurge and go for the Chile Relleno for $9.95. Now Jalisco is the kind of place where the server will put a red hot plate in front of you and not bother to mention that the plate is hot, so tread lightly.
Jalisco Chile Relleno
Just look at that gooey mess. Simply delicious. This is Mexican food; you can keep your fish tacos and chicken burritos; this is what I think of when I think of Mexican food. This is a substantial lunch; well worth the extra $2 to go off the Lunch menu I think.