Aesha Shah ’14 and Brittany Viola ’14
Most Trinity students that like Mexican know about the cute, family-run restaurant, El Sarape, located just off campus on Broad Street. It’s pretty much the definition of a “hole in the wall” restaurant tucked in a little corner with a laundromat next to it. The interior of the restaurant is very small, cozy and inviting. When you first walk in, you’ll see all kinds of candy, snacks, and homemade desserts inside a glass case. The walls are painted bright orange, specials written in chalk in Spanish hang on the halls, as do several sombreros in the back. The atmosphere is very casual.
The menu offers a wide variety of traditional and authentic Mexican food, this is not Chipotle, guys. The restaurant has open seating so we decided to get a booth by the window. Once we sat down, the friendly waitress brought over tortilla chips with three different types of salsa. Be sure to try all three; our favorite was the green salsa. We decided to start with the Nachos Supreme with chicken and lettuce. Aesha ordered a burrito con pollo (chicken) with beans and rice for her dinner, while Brittany ordered the Fajitas de carne asada (steak). The menu is written in Spanish but the descriptions are in English making it easy to read.
The Nachos Supreme came out stacked with chicken, beans, sour cream, cheese tomatoes, and jalapenos! The tortilla chips are crispy, and the ingredients are always fresh and delicious. The addition of lettuce to the appetizer adds to its tastiness. The nachos are a definite must-order at El Sarape. We’ve made sure to get them every time we’ve come. Brittany’s steak fajitas arrived at the table in a sizzling dish of tender, juicy steak, onions, and peppers. Homemade tortillas were brought out separately. The dish also comes served with rice, beans, and guacamole. The portions are very large for most items on the menu. Aesha’s chicken burrito was humongous! The burrito was filled with juicy, shredded chicken, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. It was topped with sour cream and guacamole. El Sarape is perfect for those with big appetites. The left-overs are also great to have in your fridge after a late night out.
El Sarape offers an assortment of authentic Mexican dishes including quesadillas, tacos, seafood dishes, sopes, gorditas, taquitos, tostadas, tamales, enchiladas, and much more. They serve breakfast Monday – Saturday from 10am to 1pm and from 9am to 1pm on Sundays. Their breakfast menu includes many egg dishes accompanied with different meats, vegetables, and beans. They have a variety of drinks, non-alcoholic and alcoholic such as Mexican beer, flavored waters, Mexican sodas, and horchata. The restaurant doubles as a bakery, selling homemade breads and pastries. We heard that the tres leches cake is very rich and indulgent. We would’ve ordered it for dessert if we weren’t so full after dinner!