#1 on Google & Yahoo!
Longest Employed Tex-Mex Waiter
wondered about ratings for restaurants. In an area like Metro
Detroit, it seems that every other one is labeled “The
Best of” almost
anything. El Charro, located at 16720 14 Mile Road in Fraser
is one of
I have been there
several times with friends who say “Well, if it was voted
best, it must be!” Okay, so the lines are always long
on weekends and the parking lot overflowing (which is sometimes
a good indication). The first time we tried it we sat in the
bar because I am a smoker, but I amalso short, so already I
am uncomfortable sitting at a high-rise table.
Our waiter comes over with chips and salsa and seems to be running
the entire room (waiting, bussing, tending bar). I am somewhat
impressed and ask him just how long he has been there. “Nine
years”, is his answer. This must be the longest employed
waiter in Metro Detroit. Does it also make him the best?
With every meal,
El Charro offers you a choice of salad or nachos. I ask Mr.
Waiter (henceforth referred to as MW) his opinion about the
black bean soup, for it‘s a special and not on the menu.
His reply; “I don’t know. I am afraid of black beans.”
I order it anyway
and my dining companions order the salad and nachos respectively.
The soup is excellent. I tell HW this and suggest he try it
so that he can recommend it. He nods and still looks afraid.
The salad is average and the nachos only fair-looking. They
consist of a small plate, a few scattered chips, and overly
We each order basic entrees which vary in price from about $7.00-$10.10.
What does $10.10 mean? Being a former server I am assuming this
is a price point so that when the bill comes, you have to break
a twenty for a tip.
The food is good,
but is more Tex-Mex than authentic and a little bland for my
taste. Even the hot salsa is lacking in spiciness. The next
time we dine at El Charro, there is a waiting list and when
seated we are once again blessed by the graces of MW. He doesn’t
remember me and I ask him if he has tried the black bean soup
(which is not offered this time). See above for his answer.
I opt for the salad.
One of us orders
their specialty, the soft-shell taco. It’s deep fried,
so I go for the fajitas because I notice that it comes with
guacamole and sour cream which is often ala carte in Mexican
Diner #3 orders a
combo dinner and MW asks him if he would like sour cream. My
friend inquires if costs extra. MW smirks a bit and says yes.
I am assuming that this is an attempt at professional server
humor and for the rest of the evening we ask if there is a charge
for the extra napkins, salsa, etc.
Charro offers take-out (586) 294-3520 and accepts
most major credit cards. What it doesn’t offer is really
great Mexican food and if they have a website, I have yet to
them that AmericaJR.com sent you!