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All the Rage for Chaparrito’s Tex-Mex
December 31, 2006, 12:32 pm
Filed under: DFW Restaurant Reviews

I usually find all my local food insights on food-oriented message boards like Chowhound.  However, there has been a ridiculously long thread dedicated to a Tex-Mex restaurant on TexAgs with endless praise, even borderline obsession.  With all this rage about Chaparrito’s Tex-Mex, I had to taste it for myself.  And last night, while shopping in the Galleria area, I finally did.

Chaparrito’s is definitely a hole-in-the-wall joint.  It sits in a the middle of rather unsightly shopping center on the southwest corner of Alpha and Montfort behind an Arby’s.  If you weren’t looking for this place, you’d definitely miss it with the generic white lettering on green awning along with all the other businesses in the strip mall (barber shop, nail salon, taqueria, the sorts).

I was under the impression the restaurant was open until 10:00pm on Saturdays (according to GuideLive).  So we walked up to the restaurant at 8:45pm, only to reach the door seeing an empty restaurant, then realizing the sign says they close at 9:00pm on Saturdays.  I started to walk away not wanting to be a jerk to the restaurant employees who probably wanted to go home, but a woman at the cash register started waving at us and walking towards the door.  “It’s ok, come on in,” she said.

Upon seating at a booth table we were quickly presented with our glasses of water and chips and salsa.  The salsa is spicy!  It was chunky with lots of onion and pepper (habanero perhaps?)  I sucked down two glasses of water trying to cool my mouth from the fiery salsa.  I ordered the enchilada verdes and my companion the chicken flautas. 

Enchilada verdes:

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The salsa verde on the enchiladas was much more intense than I am used to (lots of tomatillo and chunky texture).  It took a couple of bites to get accustomed to the tangy, sharp taste of the sauce.  The chicken inside the corn tortillas was tender, moist, shredded perfection.  Rice and beans were above average, but nothing to go crazy for.  I ate so fast (trying to get out of the restaurant ASAP since we were already there past their posted hours) that I got full quickly and could not finish the plate.  Oops.

Chicken flautas

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The chicken flautas were piping hot perfection, especially with a little guacamole and sour cream.  The shredded chicken was moist and flavorful like inside the enchiladas, and the corn tortillas were fried to a crisp perfection without being too greasy. 

I had intended on ordering the sopapillas for dessert since that seems to be all the rage on the TexAgs thread, but I felt too guilty about being at the restaurant so late that we skipped out on dessert.  But the restaurant is promising with great service and good value (around $8 for each plate), I will definitely be back to try the highly-touted quesadillas and sopapillas.

Rating: 4 / 5

Chaparrito’s Tex-Mex
13531 Montfort Dr
Dallas, TX 75240

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Revisited El Chaparrito today for the sake of trying out the sopapillas. The salsa was spicy greatness again (they should sell this stuff by itself as takeout!) We tried beef fajita quesadillas and the carne asada. The quesadillas were a standout with greaseless tortilla with tender beef strips, onion, bell pepper, and cheese inside (a bit unusual with the veggies). Carne asada was a pretty standard rendition.

Oh but those sopapillas… they’re not what you would expect.
They’re flaky and fluffy, not flat and hard like normal ones. It’s different, but in a way that makes you want to come back and try it again.

Comment by donnaaries

I’m a big fan of El Chaparittos. This is a true mom & pop operation that caters to satisfying their customers both in service and in quality of food for very reasonable prices.

Comment by skrangeo

For once in his life, skrangeo did a good thing by suggesting this restaurant.

Comment by Macks




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