5900 W. Interstate 20
Arlington, Texas 76017
August 11, 2012
Don Mario’s is the fourth restaurant to open in the Lake Arlington area in the past few months. It is good to have yet another locally and independently owned restaurant in the area and we wish them success. The restaurant occupies the original Harrington’s location on the Interstate service road. Don Mario’s bills itself as “Mexican Cuisine” although the huge menu appears on the surface to lean a bit more towards Tex-Mex in their offerings. We popped in on a Saturday just before noon to take them for a test drive.
I had for my entrée the Loco Plate ($9.79; $8.49 as the Saturday special). This combination plate consisted of two cheese enchiladas, beef taco, cheese tostado, beans and rice. The enchiladas come with your choice of five or six sauces including chile con carne, chile con queso, green New Mexico style, red sauce and white sauce. This huge platter of food was good albeit a little on the bland side for my personal preference. I found myself reaching for the salt for my beans and pouring salsa on top of my rice. The enchiladas themselves were good in both the chile con carne version that I had and the New Mexico green chile version my dining partner had and was kind enough to share with me. I personally preferred the New Mexico green chile ever so slightly. This dish is fair to good and I would order it again. However, on my next visit I’ll give something else quite different from enchiladas a shot just to check some of the other fare on the extensive menu.
Service was attentive without being overbearing. Pace of the kitchen was good as well.
BYOB is not allowed at Don Mario’s as they have a full mixed beverage license.
Don Mario’s is open for lunch and dinner I believe 7 days a week (I failed to note the days with the hostess prior to leaving). Attire is casual; nice shorts and t-shirt will get the job done. Parking is free in the surrounding lot. Major credit cards are accepted.
Don Mario’s: Fair Mexican cuisine at an affordable price