I feel like there are a million damn Mexican restaurants in Mount Juliet, Tennessee these days. This is actually the eighth Mexican restaurant we’ve reviewed in our larger ‘Nashville Reviews’ series. So, in such a saturated market, it’s hard to stand out among the rest. People out here east of the city have so many reliable options for a good meal, that everything can kind of jumble together. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to try out El Comal, over off of Lebanon Road in front of the Publix shopping center, and immediately notice an exhaustive menu and a little less crowded vibe than what you’ll find down around Providence. After trying their Burrito Hawaii back in the fall, I knew I wanted to come back, snap a couple photos, and get this thing out on the internet for the SoBros Network readers to discover. It is massive. It’s like somebody put a baby on a plate and handed it to you. That’s some dark imagery, and I apologize for that – just trying to get across how truly gigantic this damn burrito is. I’ll tell you what – why don’t I just let the pictures do the talking for me? For more on El Comal, check out their website here.
Food: 6.7/10 – I mean, come on….it’s a burrito loaded with steak, chicken, shrimp, rice, and beans. It’s topped with chorizo, grilled pineapple, and drizzled with cheese sauce. Is it overwhelming? Maybe if you’re not a 6’2″ 280-pound sasquatch like me. Is it a heart attack waiting to happen? Sure, but listen – I’m not telling you to go eat this every night. I’m saying as far as favorite dishes go, this is one to look forward to every once in awhile. Just don’t forget to pack your Tums for it. It makes for a nice combination of sweet and savory – with the spice of the meat, the creaminess of the cheese, and the sweet break from it all in the pineapple. I don’t have a Mount Juliet Mexican Restaurant Entree Power Rankings, but if I did, it’d be near the top of my list off the top of my head. I also had a little nibble of my fiance’s grilled chicken taco salad because I wanted to do a thorough job of journalism here (of course, ’cause we’re professionals), and it was aces as well.
Booze: n/a – I’m holding out on a booze score because I’ve yet to try their margaritas…waiting for a warm sunshiny spring day for a pitcher and their patio.
Atmosphere: 5/10 – It’s your standard issue Mexican restaurant. A little smaller, but both times I’ve been in there, it hasn’t been crowded at all, and the service has been great. Given what Mount Juliet has become with hour-long wait times seemingly all across town at any given moment, that’s become more and more important to me when looking for a place to eat. El Comal definitely feels like a hidden gem in town.
Value: 5/10 – Another solid, standard score here. It ain’t Taco Bell – so you get what you pay for here. It’s not exactly a cheap ticket, but you’re going to leave the place with a full belly. All in all, it was around $70 (tip included) for three of us to eat there. That’s about on par with the rest of the spots in the area.
Overall: 5.57/10 – I have to be fully transparent with you guys here. I fucking love this burrito, but it cost me my entire evening afterwards. I just didn’t feel like doing shit after I ate it, and the next morning, I woke up feeling like something was clawing its way out of my stomach. I’m not saying the same will happen to you – I’m just saying this as an objective fact. It happened to me the second time I had this thing. Just for the sake of my integrity as a journalist, y’know? Gotta be open and honest and what have you. I would say the biggest reasons one would choose El Comal over the other options in town would definitely be the atmosphere and their creative and extensive menu. It’s a place we’ll definitely head back to.
CURRENT MOUNT JULIET RESTAURANT RANKINGS
- ML Rose (8.19/10)
- Hibachi Jr. (7.75/10)
- Smiley Thai and Sushi (7.25/10)
- Catch 22 (7.125/10)
- Yummy Pho Bac (6.87/10)
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