Updated: I went to Don Juan’s Saturday night and here is my mini-review:
We ordered the side-table guacamole appetizer. We just said “add everything.” I would have loved it to be a little bit more spicy, but I was at the mercy of 3 other people and had to compromise. I really liked the guacamole – you can’t go wrong with garlic, avocados, various peppers and lime. My friend made a hilarious comment how the basket the chips came in looked like it was weaved with weed wacker wire. It really did!
We also got sweet plantains which were really good too. Ay! Caramba (6 W. Park Ave) might have better ones, but I’m not a plantain- connoisseur, so you be the judge.
For the main course I got the Steak Ranchero, which wasn’t perfect. The sauce was a little too thin and needed more spice. The meat was a lot rarer than what I ordered, but not rare enough for me to complain. My wife questioned whether or not some pieces of chicken with mole sauce were cooked all the way. She just avoided a few. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate, so I actually liked the mole sauce. It’s been a while since I had it, so I had nothing to compare it to. On the side came beans and rice, which were just that – beans and rice. I’ve had better, but who cares.
I did love the frozen mango sangria served in a salty glass. Yummy. It was really good. Don Juan knows how to make drinks, but I remember their former Westbury location was a place where many people would go and get shitfaced, so I’m not surprised.
Will I go back? I wanted better, but I’ll try them again. They’re new, so it’s only fair to give them some time to get into a routine. Overall my experience was above average, plus they’re walking distance away and you can’t beat that. For that type of mex place, it’s much better than Pancho’s in Island Park where my wife found a screw in her food and the manager didn’t give two shits about it. “Subpar Mexican food for the gringo” was how Brian in the comments of this post called it. True – I’ll go to Don Juan not looking for anything authentic, but I like white person mexican food.
Don Juan (124 E. Park Avenue) has been open for about a month now. Has anybody tried it yet? What do you think?
How does it compare to other similar establishments like Ay Caramba (6 W Park Ave, Long Beach), The Cabana (1034 W Beech St, Long Beach), or even Pancho’s Cantina in Island Park?
Don Juan’s reviews on yelp have been mixed, but I haven’t tried it yet myself. I peaked inside to grab a takeout menu (which weren’t available at the time), but the place does look beautiful.Don Juan 124 E Park Ave