It's been awhile, hasn't it? I'll cut right to the chase. It's "E Night" for us, and we opted for El Charrito's in Davison. For the uninformed, the Richfield Road location is not actually El Charrito's anymore, but that's a long story.
We hadn't been to El Charrito's in a long time, because we always go to Senor Lucky's for Mexican. It is no longer the tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant that it was. They expanded last August into an adjoining area which fronts on Mill Street. Now you can enter from the south, east or west. The new dining room is tastefully decorated and roomy. The food and the music are authentic Mexican.
We started with the homemade chips and salsa, probably the full order, which was $2.25. Gary decided on the large fajita salad ($8.99), instead of his usual tapopo salad. I had the deluxe wet burrito (single order, which means it is without beans and rice) for $4.25. Sorry to say it is not nearly as big as it looks in the picture! We also ordered a side of "meat", cubes of beef in a gravy-like sauce. Our bill was about $22, plus tip, making it a refreshing change from our last three weeks of pricy meals. Everything was tasty and authentic, according to my Mexican friends. I'm sure we will go back sometime.
Now here's the rest of the story: We couldn't help but compare it to Senor Lucky's down State Road and also in Davison. The chips and salsa were similar, but they are free at Senor Lucky's. The Senor salsa tastes "fresher", the vegetable and herb flavors are noticeable. Still, they are good at both places. My wet burrito at Senor's is twice the size, but half the price. I'm betting the El Charrito one is more "authentic" in taste, but I think I prefer Senor's, which has shredded beef, instead of cubed. The "deluxe" part of the name at El Charrito's comes from that miniscule pile of lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and also the cheese. The overall price at both places is reasonable.
As far as the setting goes, the front door at El Charrito's SLAMS everytime someone goes in or out, shattering the mood. I do love the late sixties/seventies music at Senor Lucky's, and it is so our taste that it is one of the main reasons we go there.
I do like both restaurants, but we will continue to go to Senor Lucky's often for the food, music, and friendly waitresses; and we'll go to El Charrito's occasionally, mostly when Gary has a hankering for a tapopo salad.
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