Saturday, July 23, 2011

Garabato's Grill


About once a month an old friend and I go to lunch. We lived together in the dorms at UTEP.  I find the Mexican food in Brownsville insulting to Mexico.  There is so much more to Mexican food than tacos, enchiladas, and tostadas.  God what I would give for a good taco of huitlacoche.

Garabatos does serve some Mexican food more commonly seen in the Taco Bell type menu seen in most Brownsville restaurants.  There is not much but a few items. 

I had a grilled chicken breast covered in a cream chipotle sauce.  On the side was fried potato slices with a hint of cilantro.  The soup which comes with every meal is lentil.  I could have eaten a large bowl of lentil soup along with a nice piece of fish and been very happy.

They do serve a swai with a Mexican flavor.  I may try that next time.  Swai is a farm grown fish from Vietnam.  It is a white fish.  I got so bored with tilapia I stopped eating  fish on a regular basis.  I do love my salmon, but you need more than one fish in your diet.  Anyway, swai is a very meaty fish.  The fillets are big like steaks.  I prefer mine on the stove  top with garlic, onion and sliced tomato.  But last weekend I had people over for a fish and shrimp fry.  You can do this outside with a good hardwood charcoal.  You just need to keep on feeding the fire.  This fish fries up just nicely.  You can get it in Walmart.  I have not seen in at HEB.


I had a hard pastry.  It was filled with a guava paste or jam.  It was very, very good.  My only  disappointment was they did not have coffee ready to go.  I guess it is an Anglo thing that they do not drink coffee at every meal.  I love my coffee at the end of a meal.  They offered to make a fresh pot - but I declined.  My friend had to get back to work.


They are located on Harrison and 11th.  I will not drive to South Padre for dinner.  It is not worth the drive.  I know Dirty Al's is a tourist restaurant which is always packed.  It it is exactly that.  The menu is limited.  The Sea Ranch is over priced for second rate food.  I have eaten there twice and been disappointed.  The cook had no idea how to make  Huachinango al la Veracruzana.  When Captain Bob's first opened in Brownsville, I had some very good Huachinango al la Veracruzana.

But for Garabatos, I will not think twice about the drive to Harlingen.  I am told the owners are interested in opening a restaurant in Brownsville.  We shall see what happens.


Anonymous said...

The idea of Mexican food in Brownsville is tacos-tacos-and more tacos. Always flour tortillas to fatten an already fat population.
Our family will certainly check out Garabatos,
I agree the island is so over-rated. They cater to the tourist who do not know real Mexican food.

Anonymous said...

Food looks good! How are their prices?

John Moore said...

When I first moved to Brownsville, I also was disappointed with the food. I expected food similar to that I had during my four years in El Paso, but have yet to find a restaurant in the Valley with food comparable in quality.

BobbyWC said...

The prices are very reasonable - lunch for two - ice tea and one desert came to $22.45. I found this to be very reasonable.

El paso food comment - my friend and I commented to each other how the food in El Paso was so much better than anything in the LRGV - we had our favorite restaurants in both El Paso and Juarez

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

My great-grandmother died at the age of 102 in her sleep. She took no medication and relied on vitamins and herbs to stay healthy.
She would not eat anything white(tortillas,bread,potatoes,rice etc.) beacuse she believed that we are supposed to consume the food that was consumed by our bloodline.
She ate corn tortillas,beans,fish,chile,etc.
She called it the food of the gods.
She and her husband raised 13 children and she was always slim.
The valley has high diabetes,HBP,HC and obesity due to the rotten diet consumed by many.
The food is so salty in most restaaurants! YUCK!!!!!!!!!

BobbyWC said...

With rare exceptions for 14 weeks I have had no carbs in my diet. I have lost 12 pounds - I do eat bacon and eggs or chorizo and eggs 6 days a week. I eat a lot of fish and veggies or chicken and veggies or once a week a rib eye

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

You may want to refrain from eating the egg yolks.
Congratulations on your weight loss!!!!
GO BOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a shame that Brownsville does not have a top-notch Mexican Restaurant. I just discovered a good one on Paredes Line Road right before you get to Vela Middle School, on the left going from 802. The prices are also very reasonable. Antonio's sometimes has good food on the buffet. For a single person, it is cheaper to eat out than to cook at home, but we could use some good homecooking in some of our restaurants.