Don Pablos – American Mexican Food Good & Cheap

This is my friend Amy. She treated me to Don Pablo’s a few nights ago and I told her I was going to blog about it. I forgot my camera so she took pictures with her phone. She is also a stylist and cuts my hair for me. It’s why I look so fabulously sexy and young for such an old, gay man. (Humor me, please!)

One thing I’d like to say about Don Pablo’s: It’s a restaurant chain. To steal a line from Sienfeld, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” But after 8 years of waitering part-time at Chi Chi’s, I have become very familiar with chain Mexican food. As Don Pablo’s goes, it’s pretty standard Americanized Mexican chain restaurant food, but the food is tasty and you get a whole lotta of it for just a little cashola. And the drinks are BANGING!


We started out with the most expensive appetizer on the menu which included a selection of goodies including beef nachos, carnitas, quesidillas, guacamole, and white queso sauce. Very filling but very similar in tastes.


I ordered the taco, tamale, and chile relleno platter. The last two are my absolute favorites and Don Pablo’s does a nice job with them. And at under $9.00, how could I resist?

Amy’s meal consisted of a taco, carnitas, and a variety of enchiladas. Again a boatload of food for about $10.00.
We also decided to have a couple of drinks. Amy opted for the strawberry fruit smoothie margarita while I went for the 26 ouncer on the rocks for just a buck more! The do a great job with the margaritas and the price for both of these drinks was around $7.00ish. They give you these homemade chips and salsa before dinner (no pic) and I could have just eaten those and drank the big margaritas all night long!
After we finished dinner, Amy ordered the sizzling apple pie alamode. It comes on a small fajita skillet all warm and sizzling, with caramel sauce and melty vanilla ice cream. The whole meal came to about $55.oo which is extremely reasonable considering we had an appetizer, two meals, two big drinks, and a dessert.
So if you are looking for authentic and original Mexican food, start looking elsewhere cause you won’t find it here. But if you’re looking for good Mexican food at reasonable prices that doesn’t taste like it came from Taco Bell, I suggest you give Don Pablo’s a try. You’ll leave full and so will your wallet!

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8 thoughts on “Don Pablos – American Mexican Food Good & Cheap

  1. Kathy says:

    Oh, man. Everything looks delicious. I’m writing this early in the morning, but I’d still eat all that right now if you put it in front of me. You know, my husband and I used to love Chi-Chi’s. Haven’t heard about it much since they went out of business in my area. Sounds like Don Pablo’s is a good substitute.

  2. Heather says:

    We used to have 2 Don Pablos up here in my town. Alas, both have since closed. We mourned their demise because their food *was* tasty and plentiful and the chocolate lava cake was fantabulous. My hubby always wanted to go there for his birthday dinner just for that cake!

    Saw your comment at SITS roll call and wanted to give a shout-out to one of the few men brave enough to hang with ALL the girls…. 🙂 I’m originally a Jersey Girl myself, though I’ve been a New Yorker (upstate, not the city) for most of my adult life.

    Anyhow, cheers! I’ll be back to browse around here some more soon!

    Oh and PS – this is the first time ever the word verification has actually come up a real word for me – dinging! Wow! (sorry, I’m an admitted word nerd – I thought that was cool!)

  3. tamicks says:

    Hi Preston,

    I haven’t had lunch as yet, and thanks to your photos, I am STARVING!! lol. The food looks delicious, and the price is very reasonable. Too bad, I don’t think there’s a Don Pablo’s in Brooklyn. Now, I am going to find something to eat …

  4. Matt says:

    Mmmmm. You lucky dog! 🙂 I love Don Pablos, haven’t been there in over a year though. Next time you’re there have an extra margarita for me!

  5. Nancy Ellyn says:

    Don Pablo’s is yummy! You are fabulously sexy and young, my dear. You are also funny, a good writer and take great pictures!

    xxoo
    nancy

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