10600 Montana Av
El Paso, TX 79935
I Ate: Fish tacos, quesadillas
Price: ~$9 + tax/tip
|Avila's Mexican Food restaurant is on the South side of Montana, just
West of Yarborough. To get there take Yarborough North from the Interstate
until it ends, make a right-hand turn and it'll be there on the right.
Avila's has also opened a second restaurant on Mesa St.
I walked through the gate into a small courtyard, and then into the restaurant itself. The place had a nice feel to it, good atmosphere... I was quickly seated by a very courteous (to an extreme, actually) young woman, and after a few distractions, I ordered the quesadillas as an appetizer, and the daily special, which was fish tacos.
So much for my good feeling about the restaurant. The Quesadillas arrived quickly, and I bit into one. Fajita and cheese, and nothing else. Plain quesadillas? The menu specified various add-ons for the quesadillas, for additional cost, but I'd thought there would be SOMETHING else. There was some salsa in a dish on the plate, but it didn't look all that appetizing to me. Ah well. I ate my cheese sandwich, mexican style, and awaited the main course.
It didn't take long. I was presented with a plate containing three tacos, and sparing portions of beans and rice. The tacos were filled with bits of fried fish; it was impossible to tell how fresh it was. The tortilla shells had been fried as well, and were a bit on the soggy side. I was seriously underwhelmed by this meal. Afterwards, I asked about dessert, but wasn't in the mood for the only dish available (sopapillas).
I'd heard good things about Avila's Mexican restaurants, and was surprised by what I received. It's difficult to screw up mexican cuisine, but somehow they managed. Serving so-so food as the special of the day is even more egregious. With dozens of other better Mexican restaurants in El Paso, I'm amazed Avila's survives.
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