When you walk into Dos Reales Mexican Restaurant, 5855 E. State St., right away you get an idea of what you’re about to experience.
A Guacamole bar filled with bowls of fresh cilantro, avocado, lime, garlic, tomato and onion is one of the busiest spots in the restaurant and the orders just keep streaming in.
Manager Jose Gonzalez says, “We sell about 1,000 servings of guacamole a month. It’s our top item.”
The staff arrives early each morning to begin chopping and mixing fresh ingredients for that day’s meals.
In business for 21 years, Gonzalez says his recipe for success involves knowing his customers and catering to their likes and needs.
Among the most popular items is the supersized Cheese Steak Burrito, filled with grilled slices of steak, onions and mushrooms, topped with a homemade cheese sauce and served with rice and beans.
“People love our cheese sauce. We make it fresh daily and they are just crazy about it,” he says.
Another top seller is the Enchiladas Mexicana, three enchiladas filled with ground beef, shredded chicken, shredded beef or cheese, covered with cheese, salsa, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and tomatoes, served with rice and beans.
Quesadilla Fajita is a 10-inch flour tortilla filled with cheese and your choice of grilled chicken, steak or shrimp cooked with onions, peppers and tomatoes and covered in the signature cheese sauce, then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole.
The non-stop menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, salads, quesadillas, chimichangas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, combination plates, fajitas, seafood, traditional plates, house specialties and a lunch menu.
Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are available too, and prices are affordable at $10 to $13 for most entrees. There’s a full-service bar and daily, weekly and weekend specials for food and drink.
Dos Reales is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Carryout and catering options are available. Online orders can be placed on the business’s Facebook page. ❚