The second Saturday of each month is reserved for dinner with Rachel’s family. Each sibling and her parents take turns choosing the restaurant. It varies from fast food to authentic Diners. For our dinner this month we went to Guadalahonky’s: Draper’s original Mexican restaurant. As a self-proclaimed Food Snob (a title also given to me by my wife), I was hesitant. Draper has let me down many times in the food arena. It seems to be all chain restaurants, places lacking in quality; or both. Nevertheless, it’s Rachel’s Dad’s favorite restaurant, so off we went.
Since it was a Saturday night, the wait was about 30 minutes; but that was for eight of us. Immediately after sitting down, the waitress brought out their homemade tortilla chips and fresh made salsa. It was delicious and the salsa had just enough “fire” to it. The chips were thin, crispy, and addictive. The only problem was that she refilled our chips and salsa three times, so that by the time the food got there, we were getting full.
The dish which caught my eye: Honky Asada Tacos: three 7″ white corn tortillas grilled and stuffed with cheese, seasoned strips of new york steak, lettuce, and pico de gallo salsa. Served with Spanish rice, black beans, and sour cream.
I began by eating the black beans. You know what you expect with black beans: bland, gritty, dry. It was none of these. They were moist, delicious, and with a hint of sweetness. The Spanish rice was soft, fluffy and had the right amount of “fire.” Usually Spanish rice is 3 days old and hurts your mouth to chew. Definitely a surprise. The tacos were fabulous: the meat was moist and tender; not fatty and gristly like so many “asada” tacos and burritos. The pico de gallo salsa added a fresh and spicy bite to the dish. The corn tortillas were grilled perfectly-meaning that they did not fall apart while eating.
My Father-in-Law was as giddy as I had seen him in years. So much so that he even picked up the check. Thank you for a great night and for great food.
If you are driving hungry on Interstate 15 through the south end of the Salt Lake Valley, get off at the 12300 S. exit, head east, stay in the right hand lane and turn into Guadalahonky’s. It is the best restaurant in that busy commerical area.