Thursday, July 14, 2016

Restaurant Review: Los Dos Gallos

There is a buzz about Los Dos Gallos in the Toledo area.  Naturally, we had to check it out.

Atmosphere:  Something is to be desired...for real.  This place is in a run-down strip mall on Dorr St. west of Reynolds.  Inside, it's the same-ish as it was when the restaurant was Amigos.  It was less than clean, food splattered on the wall next to our table.  Dusty centerpieces of fake red roses in an odd little vase, and the table was covered with green satin fabric then topped with plastic - like a davenport in your Grandparent's house from 1950.  Not in a good way.  The bathroom was horribly unclean as well including un-flushed toilets and beat-down stall doors.

Service:  Also less than average.  We were greeted somewhat promptly and were served drinks in a timely manner, but mine was gone before we even ordered. Several tables arrived after us and received their meals before.  Since we were not in a hurry, it was not a big deal, but it led to a devouring of chips and salsa.

Food:  I listed above some negatives, but let me just tell you, it is all worth if for the actual meal.  This food is legit and we would absolutely go back.   Here is the menu.

We started with complimentary chips & salsa.  Chips were warm and crispy, more of a golden brown than a white corn.  Not too salty and on the thicker side.  Not sure if they were house-made but definitely a local source.  Salsa was fresh and house made with a little zing but not exactly spicy.  See below**.

Appetizer was Firecracker Shrimp.  This giant shrimp (prawn-like) was smothered in cream cheese, topped with a roasted jalapeno, swaddled in bacon and then most likely deep-fried.  Served with an cinnamoned orange slice.  If that doesn't sound good to you, stop reading.

Danny ordered the LDG burrito, if you could even call it a burrito!  It was 3.5 lbs and JUST ENORMOUS.  It made a Chipotle burrito look like a hot dog bun.   Stuffed into this mega-burrito was shredded pork, beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, sour cream and topped with red sauce, green sauce and cheese sauce in the middle.  It was just gorgeous.  Tasted even better.

Molcajete is not a dish you see in the Toledo area often.  In fact, we have only had it in Colorado and Florida.  I had to get it!  A screaming hot stone (think mortar and pestle - no pestle) filled with onions, red and green bell peppers, topped with cheese, rimmed with steak, chicken, shrimp and a roasted jalepeno.  Orange slice.  Seriously.  This was so delightful. The meat was as good as a brazilian steakhouse and seasoned perfectly.  I ate maybe an 1/8th of this massive bowl (see chip eating above) and can't wait to have it for lunch today.

It's worth it to mention the **green hot sauce as a surprise delight in our culinary outing.  You have to request it, and it comes in a tiny little ramekin.  The sauce is light green and creamy, leading me to belive that it was mixed with pureed avocado.  DO NOT scoop this out and eat it like salsa.  Danny did that and has a stomach of steel.  Immediately his eyebrows shot straight up and started sweating.  I took it a little easier and just dipped the edge of my chip in it.  It's flagrantly spicy, but the taste is incredible.  Roasted jalapenos is your front taste followed by a rich heat that is a perfect.

As Ben Stiller says in Starsky and Hutch, do it....do it.......


LDG burrito

Molcajete



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