September 26th, 2013 by Jill Meredith – Comments (3)
Finding a place to eat in downtown Tulsa is not difficult. There’s so much competition, not only downtown, but all over the city, diners definitely have a choice. Even if the food is stellar, an inattentive staff or subpar service can drive diners elsewhere, especially if they are on their lunch break or need to eat and go relatively quickly.
My husband and I stopped at El Guapo recently at lunch to find a busy lobby with no one attending the hostess station. After many minutes of waiting and watching several patrons leave due to poor service, we got our pager and were actually seated fairly promptly after that.
Even with the hassle at the door, the food was worth it. Hungry, we eagerly ordered and happily munched on our chips and salsa while we waited for our meals. Salsa was fresh with the right amount of heat.
Our meals arrived in a timely manner and were hot. My husband ordered the Tostado Guapo ($5.49), while I chose the Chilaquiles con Pollo. ($7.49)
The two tostados were crispy and topped with carne asada, refried beans, lettuce, fresh pico de gallo and Mexican crema. Shrimp or chicken can replace the beef. Rice was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
I was quite excited to try the Chilaquiles con Pollo ($7.49) and I wasn’t disappointed. Often a breakfast dish, fried corn tortillas are simmered in Mexican red sauce, topped with smoked chicken, Monterey Jack, aged Cotija cheese, Mexican crema, onions, and cilantro. The flavors were bright and fresh. If there was ever a Mexican comfort food, this was it.
Both of us chose pinto beans instead of refried and we made a good choice. They were well seasoned and a good complement to both of our entrees.
While we were too full and in a hurry to eat dessert, they have a few choices including Homemade Flan ($3.99) and Sopapillas ($2.49).
Eat inside or enjoy the dining on the rooftop on a pleasant fall evening. There should be plenty opportunities’ for that coming up soon.
Although our experience at El Guapo got off to a rocky start, we left feeling full, satisfied and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
El Guapo Cantina
Address: 332 E 1st St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: (918) 382-7482
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jill Meredith – Author
Jill is a foodie and freelance writer who lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, their daughter and some furry family members. She loves spending time in the kitchen developing new recipes and reading cookbooks like novels. Besides writing for TulsaFood.com, Jill also writes monthly food related columns for Oklahoma Magazine and several weekly articles for Examiner.com. She loves sharing her knowledge and has even taught cooking classes.