Enjoy a quick bite of Mexican food at Acapulco Fresh

December 4, 2008

By Jon Savelle

At Acapulco Fresh, the menu is long, the prices are low and the food comes on a plastic plate.

Tucked into a corner of the Meadows Shopping Center, just east of QFC at 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., the Mexican eatery is more diner than bistro. Booths line the walls and windows, metal tabletops finished in aqua green; steel bar stools cluster around small tables in the center. Handcrafted artifacts and neon beer signs decorate the walls.It’s a good place to go if you seek an affordable meal in an informal place.

Service is friendly and fast. You order at the counter, sit down and in what seems like mere seconds, your order appears on the table. Beverages you have to obtain for yourself from dispensers at the end of the counter; that’s also where you pick up plastic tableware.

Clearly, this is not a fine-china-and-linen-tablecloth kind of place. It’s more like a pizza parlor or a burger joint, only Mexican.

So, how is the food? We ordered the enchilada combo with chicken, an $8.95 dish of two corn tortillas with guacamole, sour cream, pinto beans, rice, lettuce, chips and salsa. With iced tea, the lunch came to $11.22.

It is not a big platter. The tortillas are not going to fill you up, nor are the helpings of guacamole, sour cream and rice. Everything did seem reasonably fresh, but diners seeking flair and creativity will not find it here.

What they will find are lots of choices. The large chalkboard menu stretches across one wall, where burritos, tacos, salads, combos and entrees are listed by the dozen. Nothing costs more than $9.50. Many items are downright cheap.

Hungry for a chicken taco with cheese, lettuce and salsa? Dig deep — it’s $2.55. If a fish burrito better suits your mood, you can get one with beer-battered or charbroiled red snapper for $6.50. It comes with cabbage salsa, lettuce, jack and cheddar cheese.

Besides the usual soda, lemonade and tea, Acapulco Fresh also offers juice, cold bottled beer and hard lemonade for those with a thirst.

The restaurant wasn’t busy during the weekday lunch hour, so it is a comfortable place to get a quick bite to eat. It is child friendly, too. Your picky eater can choose among cheese nachos, cheese quesadilla, chicken taco, and a bean and cheese burrito, each just $3.75.

Then, there’s dessert. The choices are deep fried ice cream, with strawberries and whipped cream, for $4.75, or a churro sundae for the same price. Churro is a traditional Mexican pastry made of a sweet dough spiral, deep fried, and coated with sugar and cinnamon. The sundae adds vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Taken together, the offerings at Acapulco Fresh add up to an informal, affordable and fast meal that should satisfy that sudden craving for Mexican food.

Acapulco Fresh Mexican Grill

1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sunday
$5.25 for a burrito; up to $9.50 for an entree

    Reach Reporter Jon Savelle at 392-6434, ext. 234, or jsavelle@isspress.com.

    Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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