El Azteca [Chicken Fajita Lunch]
THRIVE Lunch found itself at El Azteca’s Darboy location on Eisenhower Drive this morning. The colorful Mexican restaurant hosted about 16 THRIVE’rs, which according to THRIVE veterans was a bit of a low turnout for this particular location. I guess last time this location drew upwards of 30 participants. We blamed the holiday for keeping everybody at home or office and continued on.
Assembly Required Chicken Fajitas
Somewhere along the way we’ve established I’m not a huge fan of Mexican food. Every time I go to a Mexican place I always end up ordering the same kind of things. Today was no different. Staying firmly inside my little Mexican food bubble I ordered the fajita. A chicken fajita, to be exact. I almost went crazy and got the steak fajita and even toyed with the idea of the shrimp, but chicken won out.
The presentation was great, but I wasn’t expecting quite what I received. Turns out, the lunch fajitas come do-it-yourself assembly style. I was a little surprised when the waiter placed a sizzling iron skillet of chicken, onions, tomato, and green peppers in front of me. When I say sizzling, I mean sizzling! In addition to the fajita fillings there came a plate of accessories that included lettuce, refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, Mexican rice, and guacamole.
Oddly enough, I received everything except the soft flour tortillas that help make a fajita a fajita. I wasn’t sure what my afternoon held in the food department, so I decided that was perfectly fine and didn’t make a fuss. To their credit, the waiter did notice this oversight and asked if I would like some just a few minutes after I started digging in.
While everything on the accessory plate was fresh and good, I was a little disappointed in the fajita fillings. The chicken was fine, but the vegetables had been sautéed almost into mush. I ended up with picking out the chicken and finishing off the side tray along with maybe a third of the vegetables.
I happened to have a 20% off coupon, making the final total $8.94 including tip.
Sizzling Chicken Fajita!
El Azteca (Darboy)
N474 Eisenhower Drive
Appleton, WI 54915