50th Happy Hour Adventure: El Torito Grill

Can you believe it? This is the 50th Happy Hour Adventure! I can’t believe it myself with all that is happening in the world. I want to thank all my friends and family that have continued reading these Adventures ever since the very beginning. You don’t know what it means to me to have you support my love for food and drink in the magical time of day known as Happy Hour. Now let’s get to the newest Happy Hour Adventure.

 
Margaritas To Go

If you had the opportunity to read my last Happy Hour Adventure at Twenty Eight then you know that this ended up being a back to back Happy Hour Adventure. Luckily this restaurant was right around the corner from us so it was a quick little trip.

El Torito Grill

El Torito Grill was where we ended up. Sure I would have wanted something a little more extravagant as my 50th Happy Hour Adventure but this is where we landed at. Although I could have lied and said Twenty Eight was my 50th but I would not do that to you.

Empty Dining Area

El Torito’s approach for not allowing anyone to dine indoors was less extreme than Twenty Eight. All the tables were still up so when it is allowed for dining inside then they can easily start up again. One of my favorite aspects of El Torito Grill is the section in the middle where you can watch them making fresh tortillas for all the patrons. They aren’t doing it anymore to be more sanitized by making them in the back.

The Bar

Then, of course, you have the bar inside which must remain empty until the time is right again. Nothing really too exciting about the bar. A couple of things I noticed was the giant mirror behind all of the bottles. I guess if you enjoy staring at yourself then this is the place to be. The main detail that caught my attention was all the variety of tequilas lining the shelves. One bottle of tequila that I spotted was of course Herradura which always reminds me of my trip to Guadalajara.

Patio Area

Enough of the inside let’s get to where we would be eating for this Adventure. It is a pretty standard patio which seemed pretty crowded with tables and chairs. Luckily when we arrived it was only us and one other party on the other end of this section of the patio. We did notice that they were setting up for a huge party of guests that would be coming to dine. Way more than 10 which is the maximum for people dining out during these times. We asked when they would be arriving because we did not want to be anywhere near a huge party of people like that. Luckily for us, they weren’t coming for another 2 hours. I did not feel as safe dining at El Torito Grill when compared to Twenty Eight.

Drink Menu

One other thing that El Torito Grill did that I thought wasn’t the most sanitary was bringing out physical menus that the only thing replaceable was the paper inside them. Based on how these menus looked who knows how often they were being cleaned or replaced. Twenty Eight actually had a QR code which allowed you to pull up a digital menu. Which El Torito Grill had as well but they still brought out the physical menus which I found odd.

Food Menu

The menu set up reminded me of the one at Acapulco, my very first Happy Hour Adventure, because of the tiered pricing system. Although instead of a $4, $6, and $8 tiered system it is a $6, $7, and $8 tiered system. So pretty similar in price but you can definitely drink cheaper at Acapulco. Regardless the Happy Hour prices are still not too bad.

 

Chips and Salsa

 

With any Mexican restaurant, we were given some chips and salsa. They did give us multiple salsas so we each ended up having our own. Although they stacked the salsas on top of each other so not really the most sanitary way of bringing them out. Luckily the salsa underneath didn’t touch the bottom dish of the one on top but still. I do have to say the salsa was quite tasty. I just wish the chips came out a little hotter.

Coco Piña Mojito

The first drink I started off with was a unique mojito that I have never heard of, Coco Piña Mojito. Sure I’ve heard of Pineapple Mojitos but never one that used pineapple and coconut so I had to give it a try. The flavor that was most prominent within this refreshing cocktail was actually the coconut cream. That is what is giving this cocktail that creamy white coloring to the drink. It truly was the perfect cocktail for outside because of the refreshing mint to my love of pineapple.

Cadillac Margarita

For my second drink, I just had to get a Cadillac Margarita. I remember having a team meeting at El Torito Grill and everyone ended up getting one of these extra shot margaritas. The margarita itself is your standard margarita but instead of your typical silver tequila, it is tequila reposado. What truly makes it a Cadillac Margarita is that extra shot of Cointreau Noir. My first time having regular Cointreau on my Happy Hour Adventures was at Andrea Ristorante at Pelican Hill. Cointreau Noir still has that wonderful orange flavor you would expect but with the flavor profile of a cognac. A Cadillac Margarita is on the touch sweeter side than your traditional margarita.

Chicken Nachos

We ordered some chicken nachos for the table since Christine was in the mood for some nachos. I thought it was very unique that they had prepared each and every chip with all the ingredients a nacho needs. The one bad thing about having a huge plate of nachos is the fact that you sometimes don’t get all the ingredients on your chip. Although not being able to have a huge plate of nachos is also upsetting. It was just your traditional nacho with a little too much beans for my preference.

Flaming Queso Fundido

Flaming Queso Fundido! Why do they call it this you may be asking? Well, they actually light the gooey cheese on fire! Although the effect didn’t really come through in both the picture and in real life, which was disappointing. Queso Fundido is definitely one of my favorite appetizers because who doesn’t love a big dish of melted cheese. To add a little flair and color some fresh jalapeños, radishes, and red onion was placed on top.

Cheese Taco

One thing I’m always excited to see with queso fundido is what the tortillas are like. The vessel for eating melted cheese is just as important. You may remember I mentioned that they make fresh tortillas earlier. They delivered on this promise! Each bite of this cheese taco came with cheese stretching when you try to bite into it. Plus that wonderful warmth of the tortilla really makes your heart warm. I’ve definitely had fancier queso fundidos in the past but sometimes the simplest of ones are best.

It is really interesting to see how different restaurants are handling sanitation procedures and setting up their outdoor patios. Some do an exceptional job while others could use much improvement. I’ll probably do some more Takeout and Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventures for a while just to stay safe. Again thank you, fellow Adventurers, on joining me on 50 Happy Hour Adventures. Cheers to 50 more!

Website: El Torito Grill

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Since we have arrived at 50 Happy Hour Adventures I have this question. What do you want to see in the next 50? Do you want to see different cuisines, a specific restaurant, or something else?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

 

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  1. Maybe you need to add a "safety" rating as well so people know how safe you felt going there based on the current situation we're all dealing with. I think that would be very beneficial!

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