Duron’s El Zarape Grill
BY MIKE PUCKETT
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We had to make a stop a Duron’s El Zarape Grill after subscribers sent in rave reviews about this local favorite just a few minutes off Interstate 8 in Yuma, Arizona. We recently had the pleasure of experiencing this wonderful family eatery on our way to Tombstone, Arizona and we were not disappointed!
Opened in 2012, Duron’s El Zarape Grill is a true family establishment. One thing that’s guaranteed when you eat here is that only the freshest ingredients are used, as we experienced in everything we tried. You can tell that the staff here takes great pride in their large portions made with the freshest vegetables and meats as well as the tortillas which are delivered daily.
I literally had the best beans that I have ever eaten and that is no small feat as I have traveled the country sampling outstanding cuisine. If a tender steak is what you crave, then look no further as the El Zarape Grill only serves Certified Angus Beef.
As we sat down, we ordered Mexican beers to get us in a south-of-the-border mood and to meet the family, as they all work there. This gave me an opportunity to pick their brains a bit and get their suggestions as to what we should try.
First up, we ordered The General, our readers’ favorite appetizer. The General is large and in charge; you could easily feed two with it. This generous 14″ steak quesadilla is combined with beans, jack and cheddar cheese, roasted green chile strips, and topped with seasoned grilled onions. It’s served with sides of guacamole and salsa fresca. Wow, now I know what everyone has been talking about! The combination of grilled onions and melted cheese was the perfect accent to the Certified Angus Beef. What a delight!
Next up was our first entrée, the El Zarape Combo, which we decided to share as there were three of us and we knew it would be some time before we would have the pleasure of stopping by again. The Combo consists of a cheese enchilada, a bean tostada and a taco dorado. If you have been following my reviews very long, then you know how I feel about cheese enchiladas… they are my favorite. The cheese enchilada at the El Zarape Grill was right up there. Both the bean tostado and taco dorado had a really nice flavor and I highly recommend them.
Of course, we had to try the famous Arrachera Sonorense, a 10 oz Certified Angus Beef skirt steak served with grilled onions, Frijolitos Charros and a cheese-stuffed chile verde. The steak was cooked to perfection with that wonderful flavor only found in Certified Angus Beef. If a steak is what your belly is calling for after a long drive, then this is the way to go.
Along with the steak, we ordered Frijolitos Charros, a delicious medley of beans cooked with bacon, chorizo and jalapeños. These were, bar none, the best beans I have ever tasted. Let me repeat myself, these were the best charro beans I have ever tasted. Keep in mind that I am from Texas. The homemade chorizo, bacon and jalapenos gave this dish that spicy and salty Mexican flavor. I’ll be talking about the wonderful beans I enjoyed in Yuma for years to come.
When in Rome, right? We had to try the Cielo, Mar y Tierra Sizzling Combo Fajitas: a delightful combination of chicken, shrimp, and Certified Angus Beef Steak, grilled onions, and bell peppers served on a sizzling skillet with your choice of beans or Spanish rice. The fajitas were exactly what we expected at this point. As with everything else we’d had, the beef was again top of the road, the fresh shrimp was amazing and the tortillas to die for … my mouth is watering as I write.
We enjoyed a Chocolate Delight with a dab of whipped cream for dessert. It tasted absolutely divine.
Wow, the experience here at Duron’s El Zarape Grill was delightful to say the least. When traveling through this area it is a must that you stop by, say hello and get yourself some of their Mexican flavor. We enjoyed wonderful conversation with the family and then hit the road. Boy, I miss them already!
PHOTOGRAPHY: MIKE PUCKETT
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