Wednesday, August 17, 2005

El Arco Iris

Highland Park has scores of Mexican restaurants and before the year is up I'm going to try them all and I'm gonna tell you about 'em right here. My first stop is easily one of York Boulevard's most popular eateries. El Arco Iris (5684 York Blvd.) is a sprawling room with large tables and large booths. This place was built for families and on the night that we arrived, we had a pretty sizable party ourselves.

We were celebrating a birthday with some friends. Our evening began with the usual Friday evening wine tasting at the Colorado Wine Company. Afterward, we sailed over N. Avenue 51 into Highland Park. We were seated right away and promptly ordered a few pitchers of margaritas. The margarita's were satisfactory as were the chips and salsa. Our birthday guest shared the fajitas with his wife while the rest of us tried the usual fare: soft tacos, burritos etc. I tried a special entree which was a carne asada chopped and sauteed with onions & tomato. Curiously it looked exactly like the fajitas without the accompanying torillas. It was decent except for a few bits of tough meat. The rice and beans were unremarkable, but the prices were just right.

I would be hard pressed to come back here given the mecca of exciting taquerias and restaurants (Regional Mexican / Guatemalan / Salvadoran) dotting along York Blvd. Still, if you are yearning for an accessible home cooked Mexican meal, this might be right up your alley. Remember, even Mom can sometimes churn out a lackluster dinner every once in a while. (sorry mom!)


At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Susie said...

Hi Dave,

I was excited to hear about someone with a flare for the good eats on the East side...then, I was saddened to hear of your lack of respect for El Arco Iris.

The Chile Colorado has been stuck in mind for about 3 weeks and that's more than I can say for a lot of places. And I'm a serious explorer.

There is some tough competition, but I think you should try it again....with a mango margarita.

Your friends should know better than to order fajitas.

And all praise the Hurache.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger DK said...


y'know, i have gotten so much flak about this, more than anything else on the blog. I was even accosted on the street by someone saying "HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT ABOUT MY BELOVED EL ARCO IRIS!"

So, I definitely need to check it out again for sure. I saw that they re-modeled the place too.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Natalia said...

Try La Fiesta Grande in South Pasadena (Mission St), or Pasadena (Colorado Blvd).


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