Poblanos Mexican Grill and Bar

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by Lafayette Eats on January 19, 2012

Location: 360 Brown St., West Lafayette (map it)
Phone: (765) 250-3060
Cuisine: Mexican

Recently there was an article in the Journal and Courier about a new Mexican plan over where the River Rock Grille used to be. Then I got a slew of emails from people requesting I go check it out. So being the good blogger I am, I did just that. I went to Poblanos on Monday (sorry I’m late with my review, I’ve been busy with my job that actually pays me.)

Located in West Lafayette, in the same strip as BW3 and the Neon Cactus, Poblanos is a very nice place. The inside has been redone, and it’s very clean and well organized. The decor is tasteful, the eating areas are nice, and the ambiance is also good. I was impressed.

Immediately we were brought two baskets of chips and two bottles of salsa with four salsa dishes. This is nice, because everyone had their own salsa dish and we could double dip as much as we wanted. The salsa was very good, but the chips were a bit lacking. Not warmed, which I prefer. The menu was expansive, with lunch specials as well as a regular full menu with everything you could possibly want.

From the JC article, it seemed to me that the fajitas were something of a specialty. I’m not one to normally order fajitas the first time I go to a restaurant. I like fajitas just fine, but I saw on Anthony Bourdain once that fajitas are what people who don’t like Mexican food eat. And I like Mexican food, all kinds. So my usual test is something a little more traditional, but since the fajitas were a specialty, I felt like I needed to try them.

The fajitas arrived on a sizzling platter with a separate plate of beans, rice, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and pico. They looked fantastic. Unfortunately, I have to say they were not all that great. The chicken was pretty bland and dry. So I was definitely disappointed in the chicken fajitas. My friend who ordered a lunch special reported that all of her items were great. I am a big fan of refried beans, and the beans were quite tasty.

Perhaps the bland fajitas were a fluke, or else there’s some room for improvement. I’ll definitely go back and try again. The servers were really friendly and the manager or owner made his way around to greet the patrons, which is always a nice touch.

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Price: Very reasonable, lunch specials around $6-9.

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Patrick January 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

My girlfriend and I went to Poblano’s and had the enchiladas and chimichangas, respectively. They were both really fantastic. Lots of chicken and the sauce was really tasty. They also have some gigantic beers. We will definitely be going back!

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Jared January 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’ve eaten at Pablano’s a couple of times now since they have open. The service is always exceptional. As for the food, I would say it is above average for a restaurant of this type. I have gotten the tacos, which are fill of meat (very good), the cheese quesadillas (a little bland but what you would expect from a cheese quesadilla), the tamales (very good), and the enchilades (better with red sauce than with green sauce). Overall I give them a 8 out of 10.

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Melissa January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

My husband and I ate at Poblano’s this past Friday night. We were looking to try a new-to-us restaurant. When we walked in, there were three employees trying to work out an issue with some checks that had apparently gotten mixed up. One of the employees (manager?) told us that we would not be seated until the problem was settled. That kind of put me off, but we only waited about 10 or 15 minutes to be seated, which I don’t think is bad for a Friday night. My husband and I both thought the food was fantastic. I had the fish tacos, which had a tasty chipotle sauce. My husband thought his tamale was the best he’s had in Lafayette/West Lafayette. I tried the tamale and thought it was really good–maybe not the “best” but up there! I look forward to returning. My only dilemma is whether to stick with the fantastic fish tacos or try something else–perhaps not the fajitas. ;) Also, our chips were brought out warm.

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G June 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Disappointed. Bland chewy greasy steak in my Fajita Quesadilla.
Not as pictured on menu. Will not return anytime soon based on food we had tonight:-(

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Jessica September 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Love their margarita specials on Wednesday. I’ve had a beef burrito with cheese sauce and rice – YUM! The quesadillas are a little lacking, though. Love the salsa and chips~

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jillian February 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

Started out being a nice family gathering ( we never get a chance to be all together much) we decided to go to Pablanos, there were 10 of us. Worst server ever, worst service. we couldnt understand the waiter at all. To make a long story short all of us got up and left worst service ever I dont recommend the place

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