This post will probably only interest local Massholes.
Everyone, on Boston's South Shore anyway, raves about this restaurant - El Serape.
But guess what - it's terrible!
The place is apparently always packed. And it sure was a couple of weeks ago when we went. We had a very good time but only because we were out with a large group of good people - and I was particularly ON that night, with my one-liners, my trademark *shock effect*, etc.
As for the food....the $40 grilled platter that my wife and I split had dried, unseasoned chicken, maybe six passable shrimp, and *grade d* steak that was no more than a half an inch thick and alternately overdone and bloody raw. Oh yeah, and the guacamole was among the worst, most bland I ever consumed.
Put it this way, the fast food at Chipotle is not only much cheaper, but orders of magnitude tastier!
And I'd even rather have Taco Bell next time.
So why do people rave about this place?
Well, because they are parochial Morons who've never experienced life outside of the culinary wasteland that is Massachusetts.
In a competitve restaurant scene, one with attainable liquor licenses like New York or Philadelphia, El Serape would never become a *20 year institution* - no, it'd most certainly be out of business in a year or two.
Since I've been back in the Commonwealth for four years now, I've been fully conditioned to expect sucky food EVERYWHERE I go. So luckily, I arrived that Saturday night with muted expectations.
And I have to say, to a man, that the people who warned me about El Serape being overrated....they've all at one time or another lived out-of-State.
While Massachusetts claims to be a leader in academia, science, and *diversity* consider that despite not even knowing what constitutes a good burrito...
...that these blue-neck rubes have all sorts of strong feelings on much larger affairs like government and geo-politics!