Restaurante Las Palmas

Mexican
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | July 10, 2018
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Restaurante Las Palmas serves food that is much prettier than the building in which the restaurant is located — a ramshackle former convenience store / gas station by the side of a country road. Some dishes, like fajitas and nachos supreme, are downright beautiful. And many of them are very, very delicious.

I don’t know about the kitchen’s basic, simple nachos; but the supreme ones are a symphonic chord of harmonizing elements: dark and succulent beef, melty rich cheese, crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and luxurious cream, with enough savory oil dripping onto the tortilla chips below to make every bite unconscionably indulgent. Fajitas are similarly complex — loaded with grilled fresh vegetables that are themselves a joy to eat, not even counting the good beef, chicken, and/or shrimp available as featured attraction.

Burritos are large and masterfully crafted, available with chicken, steak, ground beef, carnitas, or al pastor along with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, cream, tomato, and cheese. The choice of tacos is even broader, including all the usual Mexican-American fillings as well as more south-of-the-border choices such as tripe and tongue.

Restaurante Las Palmas is not Taco Bell (praise be!) and is not the place to come if you want to eat fast and beat it. Meals are made to order in the small kitchen, so it can take a while. Good, peppery salsa and warm chips are set on the table for munching while you wait, and entertainment is provided by a television on the wall that is tuned to Video Rola, a Mexican station that tends to feature passionate caballeros and sultry maidens singing their hearts out.

 

What to Eat
Restaurante Las Palmas, Fajitas
Fajitas
Must-Try
Trio fajitas are a cornucopia of grilled beef, fish, chicken & vegs.
Restaurante Las Palmas, Nachos Supreme
Nachos Supreme
Must-Try
Nachos Supreme are a fabulous balance of beef (or chicken), cheese, chips & vegs.
Restaurante Las Palmas, Tacos
Tacos
Must-Try
At $2.50 each, a pair of tacos is a bargain meal. Here: asada & al pastor
Restaurante Las Palmas, Burrito
Burrito
One large burrito (al pastor) is a tremendous meal.
Restaurante Las Palmas, Tamales
Tamales
Tamales laced with pork are a good balance of meat and grain.
Restaurante Las Palmas, Salsa
Salsa
Chips are delivered warm. Salsa has fruity pepper bite.
Restaurante Las Palmas, Taco Salad
Taco Salad
Taco salad, even with beef below, is ho-hum
Directions and Hours
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No

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