I have mixed feelings about this review. I’ve mentioned before how much Chris and I LOVE Mexican food. So we were looking at Restaurant.com‘s website for a new restaurant to try this weekend, and while browsing the selections, we saw a listing for El Rincon Mexican restaurant. It was in Sodus, NY. We live in Clifton Springs, and I haven’t been to Sodus in probably 30 years. It’s a pretty isolated little town, there’s nothing there to visit really, so we just never have a reason to go out that way. So it’s the Sunday before Christmas, we haven’t had any snow yet, it was a cold but sunny day, and we decided to trek out to Sodus and check out this restaurant.
The town was much like I remembered it. Very quiet, nothing going on. I think their biggest store is a CVS that looks like it’s 100 years old. It was easy to find the restaurant, it was right along the main road.
We were quickly greeted by a very nice server, and he told us to sit wherever we wanted. There was only one other table of customers in there. We sat towards the back, which ended up being right across from the kitchen doors.
While looking over the menu, we were surprised that they didn’t give free chips & salsa like every other Mexican restaurant we’ve been to. But we do love our chips & salsa, so we ordered it as an appetizer (plus we were hungry!).
It quickly came out. The salsa was very chunky and more like pico de gallo than salsa, and the chips were cold. The chips tasted ok though. The “salsa” on the other hand, we both tried and it was terrible. All you could taste was onion. I just dipped my chip in trying to get the juice from the bottom, and all I could taste was onion too. So neither of us ate any of the salsa, but we did eat the chips. The $3.50 was only for one portion and no refills, but when Chris asked our server, he said he would give us more at no charge.
We both ordered Coke to drink, and we were surprised that our cokes came in cans. I guess that is their way of not giving free refills. Each can was $2.
Chris had ordered the Burro Maria for his entree. Which I’ll be honest, I have no idea what that actually was. I know it was a burrito, and he ordered the pork and it had rice in it . He said the sauce was very spicy, but the burrito itself was barely warm, temperature-wise. He said it was flavorful though and he did enjoy it.
I ordered steak & mushroom fajitas, but was told they didn’t have mushrooms. So I just ordered steak fajitas. This was my entire plate. There was barely any meat, and half of it was fat & gristle. It came with two enormous tortillas, which were ice cold, and all of the meat fit in less than half of one tortilla. This plate was $13.75. And there was no seasoning on the steak at all. It was just plain steak, cooked and cut up. I was less than impressed.
Our entire meal came to $37, and I left hungry. Thanks to Restaurant.com we had a $5 certificate on our meal, which softened the blow somewhat. But I can honestly say we won’t be back.
I do want to mention, however, that our server was exceptionally friendly. We overheard him say he was the owner’s nephew. We didn’t get his name, but he was very friendly and attentive, and I don’t blame him at all for the portions or quality of the food. We really wish we had enjoyed our meal, because we would have come back. But the quality and portions of the food just wasn’t up to par.
I have Restaurant.com‘s app on my smartphone and I can’t wait to see what restaurant we end up at next! Most of them have been great and we’ve become regulars at restaurants we never knew existed otherwise!