Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Don Edwardo's

With great anticipation, we waited for the new Don Edwardo's to open.  They took over  a defunct  food vendors space and that required a huge remodel.  The construction staff did a good job...nice  interior colors. 

Being in Roane County required jumping through a few hoops to get a liquor license.  I recall the days when you couldn't even purchase beer in the grocery store since EVERY store was too close to the courthouse or a church.  Things changed a few years ago and we finally were able to purchase liquor by the drink inside the city limits. 

We arrived about 5 PM to find a full parking lot.   I must warn you...the parking lot is  small.   I don't know where you could park if the place was busy.   There is a lot next door at the motel but I don't know if that area is available for Don Edwardo's guests.  

We began with a pitcher of Top Shelf Margaritas...but I don't know if they really were "top shelf".   They were OK...but their recipe was missing something.  Our server brought tortilla chips, salsa and a bowl of their home made Ranch Dressing.  I have never had that served as a "chip dip" before...but wow, that was a real treat! 

On to our entree choices.  Carnitas and their Burrito Loco.   Food was served promptly but I found the Burrito plate a little lacking in presentation.   Very plain..could have used a splash of salsa and a sprinkle of cilantro for a little color. The Carnitas were flavorful, but a little on the dry side.  I believe they trimmed off too much fat...a little does so much for the dish.  My accompaniment platter  was done up nicely.     


Salsa and Ranch Dip for Chips

Creamy Guacamole

Burrito Loco

Carnita Garnish Plate

Carnitas with Frijoles and Rice

A first for everything...Ketchup at a Mexican Restaurant! 

A handy neighborhood restaurant...convenient, but I might consider other choices if in Oak Ridge, Lenoir City or Knoxville.   

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