El Paso Mexican Restaurant
6804 Commerce St
Springfield, VA 22150
|Colorful décor at El Paso|
Is there such a thing as “authentic” Mexican food in the NoVA area? Depends. With the DC dining scene mostly inspired from all of Latin America, “authentic” can have Argentinian, El Salvadorian, Ecuadorian, Columbian, and Peruvian (to name a few) influences. On the flip side, Mexican food influenced by the southwest US (Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico) brings its own differences to the palate. El Paso seems to get its inspiration from the latter with a straight-forward menu and décor more geared towards the TexMex palate but leans towards a more northern Mexican direction with traditional Mexican fare found somewhere north of Mexico City.
On a mid-day Saturday we went to El Paso for lunch—we were pleasantly surprised they
were still serving breakfast so our lunch
experience turned into brunch (which by the way is “brunch” in Spanish). El Paso serves brunch from 11am to 1pm. This restaurant is not your typical “sombrero
here, blanket there” type of décor. The
colors hit you like a huracán in Acapulco.
Bright, cheery, latin, clean, almost over-the-top, but certainly
tasteful and above par for the average NoVA restaurant. Our combinación de desayuno
y almuerzo experience began with the traditional no-frills chips and
salsa. An empty molcajete (Spanish mortar)
arrived with a small carafe of pour your own salsa and a smile from a very
|Chips and Salsa|
We scanned the basic menu and focused on the breakfast offerings. We ordered the breakfast quesadilla and the Migas Estilo Michoacan. Each was prepared well, and was generous in size. The great service ensured that our beverages, chips and salsa were kept full.