As skeptical as we were entering El Jinete the first time, we left impressed. However, we weren't ready to sing its praises until after a second consistently delicious visit. Let's start with the chips and salsa. The chips are good - nothing special but good. The salsa is definitely made in house - it's a light red color and has fresh cilantro throughout. On our second visit, we tried the guacamole. I have to admit I'm skeptical of guacamole at tex-mex establishments like these. If it isn't bright green, I assume it isn't good. Kelly wanted to try it though and I was proven wrong. The guacamole is rich and flavorful - very heavy on the garlic (never a bad thing).
We also tried their margaritas. I had a frozen strawberry margarita and Kelly had a regular margarita on the rocks. First of all, the small size is huge! They need an extra small. The frozen margarita was great but since it was so big I was on sugar overload half way through. Kelly said his was good too. Nothing like Nada or Havana Rumba in Louisville but good - not too sweet.
Now to our meals. On our first visit, we tried a chicken fajita quesadilla (with sauteed peppers and onions) and the tacos pastor. The quesadilla was great with fajita ingredients. I would definitely recommend it if you want something safe. The tacos pastor are the most discussed tacos on the menu. Kelly said they were good but I think he had built them up in his mind because (a) it was pork and (b) everyone has been writing about them. It was sauce overload - the meat had been marinated in it and it was also served as a topping for the taco itself. Kelly can't describe the flavor so basically we aren't much help here.