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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lots of lunch, Mexican style

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

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Conway has a lot of Mexican restaurants. A LOT. Just a couple of weeks ago I told you about Faby’s, the Mexican/Continental Fusion place with locations on Front Street and Dave Ward Drive. There’s a lot more -- from La Hacienda to Taqueria Micho to Casa Mariachi.

One of the local joints I like is Los 3 Potrillos (“The Three Stallions”). The wide open restaurant in the Howard Johnson has all the favorites and more… and the margaritas range on the maddeningly sweet side. The cheese dip is white and the chips are golden yellow.

One thing that really sets the place apart, though, is the really good deal you can get there for lunch. I’ll tell you about it on the jump.

You see, Los 3 Potrillos has some great dishes. The food is certainly colorful. One of my favorite dishes there is the Enchiladas Mexicanas ($8.75, seen above), three enchiladas and their appropriate sauces -- beef enchilada with red sauce, cheese enchilada with white cheese sauce (the dip), and chicken enchilada with green sauce. Care is taken to make sure each sauce is separate on the plate to get that gorgeous tri-color flag thing going. I like the chicken enchilada with green sauce the best, mild but flavorful with cilantro and tomatillo in that sauce. Yum.

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The portions tend to be on the large side. There’s a slew of combination dinners for $6.49, including a combination of taco, burrito and Chile Relleno. The latter comes out fist sized and hot, a big pepper stuffed with cheese and coated in breading, taking up half a plate. Tacos? Average, I guess, but you get your choice on the combinations of having beef or bean or chicken or cheese as a filling for each taco, burrito and enchilada. That’s a nice touch.

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Burritos are long and slender rather than fat and chunky, but they’re substantial enough. I’ve tried the Burrito Especial ($4.99) with its expected ground beef inside and such. I prefer the Burrito Mexicano ($5.99), filled with shredded beef sautéed with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. Each is topped with more of the “white sauce” (read: more cheese dip), lettuce, tomato and sour cream. They’re fork burritos rather than the sort you pick up and eat with your hands. They are tasty.

So, what’s the deal for lunch then? They have an All-You-Can-Eat Lunch for $5.99. You can choose up to five items at a time from a list, including burritos, tacos, chalupas, tostaguac, Chile Rellenos, a nice list. Of course there’s no to-go boxes with this and your drink’s separate, but… well, it’s a good deal. Kids 4-12 are just $3.25 -- they can eat for that much, you can’t take them home for that much.

Los 3 Potrillos does serve alcohol. It’s not write-home good, but it is decent, and I like the fact that it’s decent on both taste and price. You’ll find it at 1090 Skyline Drive (Highway 65) in Conway. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner. (501) 327-1144.

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