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Restaurant Review: Los Parrilleros by Bethany Claire Johnson

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Los Parrilleros
(Photo by Bethany Johnson)

With the holidays approaching, I took my son and nephew to eat before our dreaded trip to the supermarket. You know that last trip you have to take to Walmart? The one where you waited for the water of the Virgin Mary to burst only to realize you forgot the flour? Yes, we needed a meal to prepare for this. Conveniently, my favorite Mexican restaurant is right next to Walmart.

We stopped at Los Parrilleros and they were packed. I mean wall to wall. I was so surprised. There was no wait thankfully as we got the last table available.

I sat down and my favorite server, Andres, introduced himself. He knows what to bring when he sees me. He drops off a high chair and a large cheese dip without me even having to order. At this point, my son is already two fists full in the chip basket. Andres greets my son and gives him a high five. My son is always delighted to see Tio Andres. We receive our drinks, our cheese dip and our order was placed within four minutes of arriving. You can’t beat that kind of service, especially since they were so busy.

(Photo by Bethany Johnson)

I ordered a molcajete. If you didn’t, you did yourself an injustice. This bad boy is so big you could rent him downtown for $900 a month. You have so many food choices it feels like you are at Baskin Robbins 31 flavors and they are all good! This lava stone bowl was filled with cactus, chorizo, chicken fajita, steak fajita, carne asada, pollo asada, whole scallions, shrimp, smothered in cheese and I’m sure it there are many that I forget because it was packed. It also comes with rice, beans and a plate of salad. I should have ordered it to share with my nephew because I naively thought I could finish this thing. I was so wrong. I have been eating this molcajete since December. 20 is Dec. 26 as I write this, and there is no end in sight. I’m starting to think the elves fill this box overnight or something.

My nephew ordered the papa fajita, and it was delicious too! He mixed chicken and steak and his experience was similar to mine. Papa fajita is literally just a whole order of fajitas, except you replace that sizzling griddle with a potato about the size of a toddler. I’m not exaggerating when I say the potato was the length of my forearm. I asked Andres where they got these mutant potatoes from. Unfortunately, he got no response.

The potato was overflowing with fajita steak and chicken and was loaded with peppers, onions and sour cream. My nephew probably put a whole stick of butter in the potato, although delicious it probably wasn’t necessary or safe for his health. You know how 14-year-old boys are. Somehow Hunter was able to finish his papa fajitas and then he started eating off my plate. The waiter acts like I didn’t see him eat a burger 20 minutes before we arrived.

My son, Jasper, had a kid’s burrito with fries. The portions are this place are insane. This small meal is still hearty enough for an adult to eat. Jasper’s burrito was a small beef burrito, and he rocked it. He ate half his fries and all my rice and beans. For a one-year-old, eating that much food is a win for me every day. Not to mention that Andres always brings Jasper’s food first, so he doesn’t lose patience while we wait for our meals. It’s the sweetest thing in the world.

Los Parrilleros gave us super fast service, with a warm atmosphere. All the staff are very kind and welcoming, and the food is delicious. The cooks deserve special recognition because they always impress. As always, Andres’ service was above and beyond. For anyone going there, I recommend asking for it.

¡Gracias por la maravillosa experiencia, Los Parrilleros! ¡Te veremos pronto!

Los Parrilleros is located near Walmart on the Strip right next to Game Stop.

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