El Caporal II

Go if...

… you want to eat a bunch of standard family Mexican restaurant style food, which I usually do, and maybe drink a bright yellow margarita in a glass the size of your head.  I really don’t want to come off as snotty or dismissive of this food because my family eats at El Caporal II somewhat frequently. I grew up on family Mexican restaurant food and I will always love a well-executed, enormous plate of rice, refried beans, and cheesy enchiladas. Their taco salads–which you’ll probably figure out soon enough are one of my favorite things to eat–are haute cuisine compared to some (::cough cough:: Los Cabos). Also, the baby will go to town on a plate of their rice and beans, so that’s something.

I know there is better Mexican food out there, but that won’t keep me from wanting to eat at El Caporal II. So, if you are in the mood for a friendly and relaxed environment in which to eat some pretty tasty (though inauthentic) Mexican food, I recommend El Caporal II.

Go if...

El Caporal II- 201 W University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926. 201 W University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant

NO GO!

I suppose the staff was friendly enough? Ok, that’s my good-faith effort to be nice. Let’s get to it. My taco salad was wet and bland, my husband’s enchilada and taco were just as unappetizing, and both came out of the “kitchen” so fast that there is just no way any actually cooking was involved in the preparation of our meal. There was really nothing redeeming about the food at Los Cabos and there is just no reason to go there given that completely decent Mexican family-type restaurants are plentiful in Ellensburg.

I am not exaggerating at all when I say I would rather drive halfway down the block and go to Taco Bell. Better yet, if you’re looking for Mexican food as close to the freeway as possible–which I imagine is why Los Cabos manages to exist– go to Fiesta En Jalisco across the street.

Eating at Los Cabos made me really sad. Actually, just writing this is depressing.

So yeah, that’s a resounding NO GO!for Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant. 1318 Canyon Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. 509-925-7898.