~Review by Chuck Bradley
It’s inconspicuously located in a strip mall on the southeast corner of East Ellendale and South Main in Dallas. I’ve driven by it countless times and never noticed it. It’s festively decorated in the manner of many Americanized Mexican places. Our first impressions of housekeeping and cleanliness were favorable.
We were seated immediately and soon were presented with a large basket of crisp Corn Chips, Salsa, Bean Dip and Pico de Gallo. This was followed by my customary self-admonition not to go crazy with this stuff and spoil my lunch. As usual, it fell on my deaf ear. The Salsa was very good. SWMBO said it was a little on the spicy side for her. (More for me!) The Bean Dip was good and the Pico de Gallo was excellent.
My bride chose the # 18 combination of one Taquito, one Flauta a (both Beef) with Refried Beans and Rice. I went for the gusto with Tacos de Camarones Miramar; three Shrimp Tacos with Beans and Rice.
I was very impressed with my meal. The Tacos were loaded with large (31 to 35 count) Shrimp with diced Red Bell Pepper, Onion, and chopped Scallions upon which a white Cheese was melted. The soft Corn Tortillas’ interiors were brushed with Enchilada Sauce. The Refried Beans were covered with rich melted Cheese which I love and Carol doesn’t. (This is the beginning, but not the end, of where our opinions diverged) The Rice, which is almost always the case, was unremarkable.
Her daintiness began by removing all the yummy Cheese from her Refried Beans, then the Guacamole and Sour Cream from her Taquito and Flauta. I’ll not go into detail about where these tasty meal enhancers went, but you may be assured I was not going to let them be thrown out! Ahem. She thought her Beans and Rice were good, but said the Taquito and Flauta were lacking. (I thought: of course they were lacking! Sour Cream and Guacamole!)
As a final punctuation to our meal, our server, Patricia, brought us a small plate of Berry Syrup, Whipped Cream and Honey Sopapillas.
I thought Miramar is one of the better Americanized Mexican places in the mid-valley. I gave it an A rating. Carol disagreed and gave it a C-.
OK for our next date, she gets to pick the spot.
Miramar Family Mexican Restaurant
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
119 E. Ellendale AVE
Dallas, OR 97338