Conejitos, Bel Air Cantina and Cielto Lindo are a few places that come to mind when thinking about good mexican cuisine in Milwaukee. I had not heard about Jalisco's and some of their eats despite living and working on Milwaukee's east side, but this past week decided to give it a try after having it brought to my attention.
This small restaurant runs along North Avenue and Prospect, near a boatload of other eats including Fresh Fin Poke, Chubby's, Ian's Pizza and Beans & Barley, to name a few. Jalisco's is open from 9AM to 4 AM everyday, something I do think is very convenient for all kinds of schedules. Their restaurant has a lot of traditional Mexican decor, and the wooden benches and tables give off a somewhat rustic and old timer feel. Ceramic vases, pictures and other decor around the restaurant make for an interesting environment. The service was pretty good, but chips and salsa was extra after going through a basket. Although it was not a lot of money to get extra, the simple fact that I would have to pay to get something that is usually free at other Mexican restaurants was a tad bit annoying.
I decided to try their shrimp burrito that was stuffed with rice, lettuce and tomatoes and of course, shrimp. I was simply not impressed at all with this lack of flavor inside this stuffed option. Burritos typically only come with so many ingredients, but this burrito just did not meet my expectations. There was basically no seasoning on the shrimp, and the rice was also lacking flavor. The guacamole on the side somewhat saved my burrito, but still was not enough to leave me happy. The prices at Jalisco's are not too bad for a lot of their entrees, but some of their sides seem bit overpriced. I paid an extra dollar to basically get a dollop of extra guacamole. Luckily, rice and beans came with my burrito (beans were decent), along with aforementioned guacamole and sour cream on the side.
To be fair, my party enjoyed their nachos and made me wonder if their other meat options were tasty, but if their burrito with shrimp did not taste good, I could imagine their other burritos and tacos to be somewhat the same. I also had seafood at a place that is probably known for their traditional burrito with ground beef or steak, so I cannot speak to their famous burrito. The bottom line is food should be somewhat seasoned or taste up to par, regardless of the type of cuisine is offered.
The drinks at Jalisco's are probably the reason they are in business, as they have a wide range of deals that happen over the course of the week. My party decided to get strawberry margaritas, and although I do not consume alcohol, the sip I did have tasted good. Overall, Jalisco's relatively cheap eats and drinks seem like they bring people to this restaurant time and time again, but my first visit to this venue was not too stellar and leads me to believe I will not be back for more.
2207 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 291-0645
Hours: 9AM to 4AM everyday