Let me go ahead and make this VERY clear. I love authentic Mexican/Tex-Mex food. That genre of food brings me so much joy. I can literally eat it every day. I love it that much. So when I find a new spot AND it’s good, I stay loyal to that establishment. Hence, this week’s review on El Arroyo. This restaurant was suggested to me by my nail tech! She told me about their fantastic drink specials during their happy hour and told me to check them out.
To describe El Arroyo, I wouldn’t categorize it as a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It does give that vibe, but it’s not exactly that kind of place. It gives a sense of home. It’s like a hometown spot that you love to visit when you’ve been away for too long. There’s even a mural on the outside wall that was painted by a local resident from the city. The staff was very friendly and attentive. They have a very large patio area that is both covered and uncovered. The outside area is perfect for pandemic seating and just for pure enjoyment. They have a total of 15 flat-screen TVs to watch any sporting event that is airing The restaurant also has live music on some nights (I haven’t been on a live music night yet, but I do plan to attend!).
Let’s get to the food, shall we? We started with an appetizer of chips and queso. We love queso and this place did not disappoint. It was so good that we ordered TWO large servings of queso. It was a winner with us for sure. Next, we all ordered quesadillas. It was not planned, might I add! I had fajita steak, Jay had chicken, and our daughter had a kid’s cheese quesadilla. If you can’t get a quesadilla right, then you don’t know how to serve quality Mexican food in my opinion. Our quesadillas were so freaking good! I immediately wanted to come back the next day just to order something else on the menu. Lastly, I ordered a regular margarita. I love a strong margarita and it was perfect. It was strong, but you couldn’t taste the tequila in the margarita. Normally when I go during happy hour at an establishment, I can drink a minimum of two drinks. This margarita put me on my butt, okay?
Overall, I definitely give this place a 9/10 rating. I seriously plan on taking my friends here during happy hour to catch up and enjoy the scene. Also, they played ALL of the throwback jams. I’m talking Backstreet Boys, N’SYNC, Lady Gaga, EVERYTHING. I love when a place plays good music. So if you’re ever in Arlington and you don’t want to go to a chain restaurant for great Tex-Mex food, stop by at El Arroyo! You will not be disappointed!
5024 S Cooper St
Arlington, TX 76017
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 2 PM- 6 PM
See y’all next Tuesday!