In a word: Upscale Southwest comes down home on the near east side.
The specs: #0153
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JM ate the green chili chicken enchilada.
Nichole ate the spinach enchiladas with coffee.
The bill was $23, or $11.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Eldorado Grill a B; Nichole gave Eldorado Grill an A- (see our grading rubric).
Eldorado Grill gets a lot of good press as one of Madison's Food Fight restaurants, and it's well-deserved. What struck us, though, was how much more chichi it was than Hubbard St., which, being in posh Middleton, suffers some slings and arrows from Willy St. partisans (and vice versa). Anyway, it's not about that, it's all about the food.
Nichole's spinach enchiladas were amazing in their fried and creamy goodness (thanks for the tip, Lorraine!). The hashbrowns were seasoned perfectly & the green olives in the salsa was a nice twist. The coffee was good and strong. The vegetarian empanadas also came highly recommended - we'll just have to go back.
JM, on the other hand, was underwhelmed. His chicken enchilada had TOO MANY BEANS, according to our notes. But then, Nichole thought the notes also said, "Undead lick to my drawers," when they mean "Would like to try dinner."
JM can stand here all day and be insulted for his handwriting, but he'd rather point out that he'd had a bad bean experience at Bluephie's and that their menu seems to have matured and diversified; he hopes Eldorado's will do the same.
This is a gloomy exterior shot - there's a lovelier nighttime pic over at flickr. Eldorado's insides are gorgeous, lovingly restored industrial space, and y'all should give it a try.