Our daughter is a freshman at Fresno State, and we are new visitors to the Clovis community. The Fresno area seems to be full of chain restaurants, so we are looking for unique local restaurants--little hidden gems. We read the reviews on El Matador and went in for dinner.
The menu is varied and diverse, with many traditional specialties not found on garden variety Mexican restaturant menus in America. I had green mole chicken and tamarindo agua fresca, both were good.
The food was oversalted, which was a shame because the flavors were excellent and right on the mark. The service was polite and attentive, but it felt like we were being rushed out, even though we were the only people in the place at 7:30 on Saturday night. This is a minor thing, but the chips were store-bought Mexican, tasted like broken up tostadas from the grocery store. However, the salsa seemed to be home-made, and it was good. My son wanted desert, and was told there was no flan available, and that was the only choice. The prices were about what I would have expected, but maybe not a great value, $60 for 4 with tip.
All in all, a decent experience, but don't think El Matador will end up on our go-to list.
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