My friend and fellow Disney fan, Sarah Holodick, headed over to El Pirata y El Perico last week to enjoy the last few days of this restaurant’s “busy season” run. You’ll be hearing from Sarah a few more times over the next couple of weeks, too! Take it away, Sarah!
Not so long ago, I had the pleasure of trying a “new to me” restaurant as well as a couple old favorites. First, I will highlight my experience at the ever-elusive El Pirata Y El Perico. I went solo on Thursday morning and was surprised to see the menu was different from what I had previously seen at various sites online. I had read it would be from August 15th – September 4th for lunch to help accommodate free dining, so I knew this was my chance to try it out, and I’m very glad that I did!
I went in anticipating ordering the Beef Tacos, only to find that the menu had been modified from what I had seen. Hey, I can roll with the punches, so I quickly decided on the Beef Nachos. Similar, but different. I hadn’t really read over the menu descriptions, so I really only expected the seasoned ground beef atop tortilla chips, much like how they serve the Taco Salad — DIY style. Not the case with the nachos: along with the beef was a DFB Favorite — PLASTIC CHEESE!!! Let’s face it: I saw that neon glow of cheese sauce and was giddy. It wasn’t even mentioned on the menu description! And, in addition to that addictive sauce, a black bean and corn salsa was served atop the concoction. Along with the chips came a side pouch of sour cream.
As at all great WDW quick-serve locations, there was, of course, a Fixin’s Bar.
Alas, this one did not have the accommodation of more oozy, neon cheese, but it was sufficient considering the food being served: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and salsa. There were also packets of Red Devil Cayenne Pepper Sauce and Ortega Thick and Smooth Taco Sauce. I passed on the lettuce and just added additional cheese, tomatoes and salsa to my nachos.
And now, on to the review of the food! Quite honestly, I wasn’t expecting much. I was in for a surprise! Perhaps the low expectations influenced the fact that I felt the nachos were really quite good; however, because I would happily order them again, I discredit that theory. Consider it busted!
The beef was well seasoned, finely ground (a HUGE factor for me) and not greasy, and the portion was massive. I was full before I hardly even made a dent (although I powered on). This could easily be split between two adults, perhaps not as a full meal, but a decent “cut the midday hunger”, filling snack. The cheese sauce, of course, was delicious, and the black bean salsa added a nice flavor and texture to the dish. The chips were fresh and crunchy, and only started to get soggy toward the end of my epic nacho battle when the cheese and beef had been relaxing there for a while. Overall, the Beef Nachos were a win.
Thanks again, Sarah! Now, about El Pirata, word on the street is that it’ll be closed for quite some time, with possibly even a name change coming around the bend! Just a rumor…