Last night I was craving Mexican food so we went to El Torito. We’ve been there over the years and it was always dependable so this time, I was even going to have a margarita. That was my first mistake but I’ll get to that later. They fry their own tortilla chips and brought those first, so greasy they had a sheen. They should have served them with latex gloves. The main reason for going to El Torito is they make guacamole at your table. The guacamolier put in too much salt, so now we have bad guacamole on an oil-slicked chip. But my margarita (I rarely drink alcohol) was keeping my standards low as I awaited my crispy tacos. Did I say crispy? Imagine the greasy tortilla chips only bigger. And heavier. I picked one up and the weight & viscosity caused the bottom to fall out into a greasy mess. The Gulf of Mexico came to mind. Was it the Mexican food, or was it the oil slick on my plate? By the end of my margarita, I imagined the kitchen staff washing pelicans in the back sink. When we got up to leave, I felt a bit dizzy (of course – alcohol on an empty stomach!) and only wanted to take a nap. Or eat. The next time I crave Mexican food and see an El Torito, I’ll make like that west Texas town… el Pass-o.