My first test for any Mexican restaurant is the quality of the chips. Are they thin and crispy? Salty without being greasy? The chips at El Jimador in Warner Robins passed my first test.
The second test is the salsa. This one contained too much pepper and not enough fresh chunks of tomato, onion and jalapeños, but it wasn’t bad.
My third test -- and the one that I think did me in on this visit -- is the guacamole. It has to be free of any dairy additives such as sour cream, and should be lumpy with fresh avocado and tomato.
The guacamole at El Jimador met all my requirements and so I ate a lot of it -- an awful lot of it. An awful, pull-over-or-I’m-going-to-get-sick-in-this-car lot of it. So don’t do that.
Our first entree was the Steak Ranchero for $11.50, a ribeye covered with ranchero sauce. The meat was juicy and well-seasoned, and the dish came with tortillas, rice, beans and guacamole.
I had the Chicken Fajitas and enjoyed the plentiful meat and peppers. We also had the Chori Pollo, a chicken breast with chorizo for $10.50. The chorizo was too dry and we would not order it next time.
Their combos are $6.75 for lunch and $7.75 for dinner and all of the kids meals are under $5.
Many of their meals are priced differently for lunch and dinner. Other than a few more vegetarian choices than usual, the menu is pretty much the same as any other Mexican restaurant in our area.
We wanted to try the usual items so we could have a baseline to compare to other Mexican places, but some signatures items to try would be the Burrito Maguey, Pechuga al Ajo and Nachos ala Plancha.
For $10.50, the Burrito Maguey consists of two rolled carnitas-filled flour tortillas topped with green sauce and avocado. The Pechuga al Ajo is a grilled chicken breast mixed with grilled onions, peepers, rice and melted cheese in a garlic sauce for $9.99. The Nachos ala Plancha are topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, guacamole and steak for $9.
What sets El Jimador apart is their outstanding service. It’s understated, helpful and friendly. We always had beverages and were never interrupted as we enjoyed our meal together. El Jimador is trying hard and obviously wants to make its customers happy.
Address: 713 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 97
Price range: $7.50-$12.50
Rating: 2.5 stars