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El Sarape

Posted in OlyCOOL—the premier-ish guide to Olympia.

I’ve has worse Mexican food, but I’d be lying if I said I cared in any particular way for El Sarape.

This is the type of restaurant where the menu is the size of a book, one that contains suspect dishes like the Mexican pizza. I’m not saying there is no such a thing as a good Mexican pizza; I just have never had it, and I’m fairly certain I never will.

As for El Sarape, there isn’t a whole lot of menu items that will inspire you, and my guess is that many will end up in a similar place as I did: the ever exciting burrito list.

And, again, it’s not that the burrito was downright horrible, it just… was. It was the same burrito you can get from pretty much any of these types of Mexican restaurants… The dull carne asada, wrapped in a tortilla which had about the same flavor as anything Safeway dishes up. Sour cream, guacamole, yada, yada, yada… It’s not that I’m expecting a burrito to jump up and dance the foxtrot in my mouth or anything, but come on… Would it take that much to do anything just a little different? A slightly altered guacamole recipe? Add something, remove something, do anything to differentiate the thing?

That’s it, really… Excuse me for being vaguely cynical, but it comes down to those who want something safe for every meal. I actually don’t have anything against going the safe route in and of itself–I certainly have many standbys which are anything but exciting–but there should be more to life than the same menu being recycled from restaurant to restaurant. Let’s try something just a little different. When you have just around a hundred items on your menu, there must be at least something that could be added, just for funsies.

El Sarape, then, is just another face in the crowd. A dull face at that, a concept our friends at Arrested Development many times have touched on.