When a co-worker suggested I try out El Tejado Mexican Restaurant in Forsyth, I was immediately interested. Mexican food is a favorite of mine, and I love finding new places to satisfy my cravings.
But when he told me that it was located at an Econo Lodge, I have to admit that I was a little hesitant. He assured me the food was excellent, and because I trust his opinion, I decided to give it a try.
The location is definitely one that might get passed over by a motorist traveling down Interstate 75. The restaurant and Econo Lodge are somewhat plain from the outside, with neither building standing out enough to draw much attention. Once inside the restaurant, though, the feel is completely different. Patrons are greeted by warm colors and wood-tones, and a quaint little bar off to the right of the entrance.
It's also a popular place with the locals, as I discovered on a recent lunchtime trip. Lunch specials are priced well, ranging from $3.75-$6.95, and the portions are generous. There are also lunch specials on the margaritas if you need a little midday indulgence.
I dined with two of my co-workers, and we found the food to be tasty, but average as far as Mexican fare goes. We started with salsa, and orders of the cheese and guacamole dips. The salsa and cheese dip were both excellent and had a little bit of a spicy kick, but we found the guacamole dip too bland.
I ordered a plate that was somewhat of a sampler - it came with a chile relleno, taco, enchilada, rice and refried beans. The chile relleno, a pepper filled with and surrounded by cheesy meaty fried goodness, was excellent. The enchilada and taco were average, though. The taco shell wasn't very strong and broke quickly upon biting into it. The refried beans and rice were also average, and somewhat on the bland side - I like my rice with a little more kick.
One of my co-workers ordered a plate that came with a burrito, chalupa, enchilada and taco. The burrito was the best thing on the plate, and the meat and sauce both had good flavors. She was disappointed with her chalupa, which she found mostly bland because of the flavorless beans.
Another co-worker ordered the enchiladas verde, a combination of four chicken enchiladas topped with the restaurant's green sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. The chicken enchiladas definitely had a nice kick, and the flavors all blended together well.
For dessert, I tried the sopapilla, a sort of fried pastry dough coated with honey and ice cream. I have to say this was an excellent way to end the meal. The flavors were sweet, but not overly so, and everything just seemed to melt together well in my mouth.
In all, though this wasn't the best Mexican food any of us had ever tried, we found the food to be decent for a lunchtime excursion.
El Tejado Mexican Restaurant
310 Cabaniss Road, Forsyth
Two and a half stars
Phone: (478) 994-1425
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday; lunch specials until 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Health rating: 94
Wheel chair accessible: Yes
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Price: Everything under $11
Payment: Cash, credit