El Menos is a Mexican restaurant that pretty much everything about it, screamed Mexican restaurant, and that is not a bad thing. First of all walking into the place, there was a little stand outside the restaurant that sold mango and chili, and Elotes. The elote is a corn on the cob on a stick, covered with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and chili pepper, and they are spectacular. The restaurant itself is full of bright colors everywhere. On this particular day inside there was even a party with lots of people and pinatas every where. I’ve never been a fan of the word “authentic” when it comes to restaurants, because for me, I just care if it tastes good or not, but if you do want something “authentic”, then El Menos is going to give it to you.
The chips and salsa here, I give about 3 stars out of 5. The chips themselves were definitely made in-house, but they were a bit more the thick side for my taste. The salsa was pretty good. It was thick and chunky and not too spicy. The chips came out free with our meal. I like free.
Another “authentic” element to El Menos was the menu. You know you are in a legit place when you have an “in your face” menu with bright colors and descriptions. If you need help deciding what to order, there is a good bet you will find a picture of it here.
The Mexicans sure do know how to make horchata. I can tell you two ways NOT to make and drink horchata. Don’t buy a mix at Wal-Mart and make it with that. That stuff is gross and full of sad. Also don’t buy it in a 2 liter bottle. Also gross. The Mexican’s who make it fresh make it like it is supposed to be made with rice, sugar, and cinnamon, and then mix in some evaporated milk. That’s the stuff!
My wife went with the Mexican torta with some chicken milanesa style. The word “torta” in Spanish can mean cake, but it is also a Mexican sandwich, which often uses refried beans as a spread. These guys did the torta some justice. The bread was nicely toasted. The chicken was fried well, and it had some avocado tucked in there. Had all the makings of a nice sandwich.
I went with the chili relleno and steak tacos. First, the chili relleno. I didn’t love this dish. The cheese was okay, but it wasn’t spectacular. The beans and rice also were as good as you can find anywhere else. They didn’t wow me. The steak tacos on the other hand were delicious, and probably the best thing I had at El Menos. The carne asada that they use was seasoned like nowhere else I’ve tried in Salt Lake. When I come back to El Menos, I’ll be getting a frosty glass of horchata with some steak tacos, perhaps saving some room for an elote on my way out the door.