Is A Tex-Mex Treat
Bar & Grill:
Northern Blvd., Bayside; 229-8300
of creative Continental with new-world Tex-Mex
seven days a week. Dinner: Mon.- Thurs. 5-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5-12
p.m., Sun. Brunch (a la carte) and Dinner 12-10 p.m.
Adjoining private lot with valet parking on weekends.
Events: Monday night special for restaurant service personnel.
Special entrance from parking lot.
All major cards.
we recently attended the excellent reception owners Robert and Daniel
Colombo offered at Eldorado, their new Tex-Mex restaurant, we returned to
enjoy a leisurely dinner sampling of the creative dishes we noticed on the
menu. Even on a Tuesday night, the restaurant was fully staffed and
and chips were the house’s first offering. Then, from the inviting bar,
we ordered an Apple (vodka) Martini ($8). The bar also features great
Margaritas, Sangria and other mixed drinks.
asked Exec. Chef Carlos Harrington to choose our menu. Chef Carlos has a
fine background starting as an apprentice in Spain and 20 years experience
in fine restaurants in Manhattan such as The River Café, Café de
Artistes and Restaurant Daniel.
starters, Chef Carlos suggested Camerones a la Plancha, grilled jumbo
shrimp with pinto beans in a garlic/tequila sauce- piquant and an unusual
combination of flavors that work well together.
a main dish, my companion was offered Sea Bass Veracruzana, a magnificent
large cut of white flesh, boneless, sea bass, oven-roasted and treated
with an amazing sauce of garlic and oregano with olives, jalapeno peppers
and lemon confit ($18). My recommended dish was Budin de la Casa,
tortillas layered with shredded chicken, mozzarella, queso blanco (white
cheese) and served with a poblano sauce ($14). Chef Carlos created this
dish himself and it is a new arrangement of flavors and textures.
member of our group raved over the cooked-to-perfection Tampiquena
dry-rubbed, 14 oz rib eye steak with tasty garlic fries and roasted pepper
salad. It was so big that, good as it was, a take home bag was needed.
(NOTE: Although not listed on the menu, a house salad is available upon
we perused the dessert menu, we took the opportunity to talk with our
well-informed server, Luke, and to thank our gracious and hospitable host,
was another house special which must be ordered from off the menu —
Bananas Mexicano. It is an artistic arrangement on an over-sized plate of
cooked, split bananas served in a rich, warm caramelized sauce with tiny
bits of fresh berries along with a dollop of an especially fine vanilla
ice cream- a heavenly treat for the sweet tooth. Yummy is the best
description for this and all the other desserts listed on the menu. We
want to come back to try the others.
are looking forward to returning to Eldorodo. Meanwhile, kudos to Manager
Kevin Boles, Chef Carlos and their staff.
the private gathering of friends and locals that introduced Eldorado to
the Queens scene, the Colombo
brothers put out an elegant and delicious party. They are restaurant
veterans and founders of the Sfuzzi chain.
Carlos is innovative and enjoys presenting an eclectic menu. Some of his
sampler dishes at the opening included Guacamole en Molcapete - fresh Haas
Cuacado with tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos and cilantro blended on a
lava stone — to be eaten with colorful tortilla chips.
interesting offerings at the opening included mini crab cakes and a
delightful citrus-cured seafood with roasted spices, tomatoes, red onions
special offering was aged, natural tequilas to be drunk straight as a fine
liqueur but it would also enhance a mixed drink. The bar is well stocked
and offers friendly, attentive service to patrons at tables or in the