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(DFW) Gloria's Restaurant

Any opinions on this place? I hear mixed reviews, but mostly good. I am more interested in the Salvadoran cuisine (esp. the pupusas), but i'll be with people who'll probably stick with Tex-mex standards, so any recs or cautions would be welcomed.

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  1. Eh. The both the Salvadoran and Tex-Mex are ok at best. But the margaritas are good, and there's always a fun, festive atmosphere, so it's good for groups.

    1. The food used to be quite a bit better. They opened several locations and the food went downhill. But I second the rec for the margs and the atmosphere!

      1. can either of you expand on what about it used to be better?

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        1. re: kindofabigdeal

          The pupusas I have had at Gloria's were pretty good. Everything else there is just a little above average. The quail dish that I sometimes get always tends to be on the dry side. There is a Salvadorian restaurant called Santa Rosas on Valwood Rd. in Farmers Branch (in b/w Josey Ln. and 35) that is reportedly owned by Gloria's sister. A more authentic Salvadorian restaurant that caters to more Latino's than Gloria's gringo-friendly restaurant;only had their pupusas (my first pupusa) so I really can't recall how it stacked up to others. My favorite pupusa so far in DFW is Mama Tita's Pupusa on Belt Line Rd. and Webb Chapel. Good stuff.

          1. re: kindofabigdeal

            I agree that Gloria's used to be very special and now is rather blah. I believe I first noticed it at their Greenville Av location. They started putting their "signature" rice mix (it contains lima beans) in EVERYTHING. I've had some very good meals at the Davis location which is right by my house, but I've also had some really mediocre meals there. I enjoy their Arracherra Tipico but I've had it on some nights where the meat was as tough as shoe leather. Totally unappetizing. Their margaritas will knock you down however and the atmosphere (at least at Davis) is very cozy. Better (and slightly less expensive) than the nearby La Calle Doce. Try Las Ranchitas on Jefferson for great Dallas Mex.

            1. re: OOABuddy

              I agree that Gloria's has lost what was once very special. I've been going to the original Gloria's on Davis for years but my last three or four visits were subpar and I don't think I'll be going back any time soon. The yucca was dry, mealy and cold - when I mentioned this to the waiter he just grinned at me. The service used to be very, very good - the last waiter - who didn't care that my meal was cold - also drove me nuts by referring to me constantly as "Lady". "Want more water, Lady?" etc. The grilled pork was tough - in the past it was always tender and tasty. I decided it wasn't worth it to bring any of it up with the manager, just made a sad note to myself not to go back.

              I will say that I haven't had the quail on recent visits and it was one of my favorites. Perhaps it still is a signature dish.

          2. The Davis St location is great. The rest are just another chain. I will never go back to Lemmon location due to the great deal of noise and poor service! Way overpriced as well for some things.

            1. I love Gloria's. We have one in Colleyville that we go to quite frequently. I love the steak with the chimmichurri sauce. YUM!

              1. I have to agree and say the food here is average. We like the grilled fish tacos and thats about it. We go there mainly because of their margaritas and because its a nice palce to hang out.

                1. Hmm. That's funny because my husband and I prefer their food to their margaritas. Their Meltdown frozen margarita is ok, but we've found that we just don't like the mix they use when ordering a top-shelf version on the rocks. To be fair, we're pretty spoiled by the margarita's from Agave Azul (our gold standard) and very few places can make them as good for the price.

                  One of my favorite winter dishes is their seafood soup. They load it with crab legs, scallops, shrimp, and other kinds of whitefish. It's really one of the best I've ever had in town.

                  My father-in-law LOVES the quail. He hits eats there once a week just for the quail alone. They do overcook it sometimes, but the marinade they use make them very tasty.

                  I think it's also worth going once just to try the Salvadorian Sampler plate.

                  1. Finally got around to trying it. I would give it an above average. I got the Salvadoran sampler. The pupusa was great. It had all the textural elements. Tamale was ok, a little soggy. The yuca was very good and the plantains were very good, though I hear that it's innappropriate to use sweet plantains, as Gloria's does. Regardless, with the sour cream it's very tasty. The cutido was very good and the rice/beans were well done, though didn't do anything to stick out. I also tasted the pollo asado. It was very tasty and cooked very well. quite juicy. The salsa with the chips tastes bottled. not bad, not good. I look forward to trying one of their flank steak dishes sometime in the future.

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                    1. re: kindofabigdeal

                      2nd trip. I had another good meal there. I went with the Aracherra Asada. Grilled flank steak. It had very good flavor and texture. The meat was almost milky. The meat didn't taste highly marinated, but it didn't really need it. One major plus for me is that the portion sizes are reasonable. Of course, on the other hand, grilled flank steak is very easy and much cheaper at home. I believe it was $12.

                      My dining partners tried a burrito and a quesadilla. The quesadilla looked a bit lacking and the burrito looked like a burrito. I didn't try them, but there was nothing particularly compelling about them. The tortillas they brought out (gratis) were tough. Not even on par with Taco Cabana or Rosa's. I would stick with "proteins" and Salvadoran food around here.

                      A major plus is that we sat there for quite a while after finishing our food and were never pestered at all.

                      1. re: kindofabigdeal

                        KOABD, which location did you go to?

                        1. re: QueenB

                          The first was colleyville, the second was it rockwall i suppose. In the new stuff along the lake.

                      2. re: kindofabigdeal

                        It's not inappropriate to use sweet plantains, or platano maduro. It's just a different style of eating platanos. In many Central and South American countries people eat the platano maduro, or sweet platano. We call them simply maduros. If the platano is green and unsweet, they're called patacones in Colombia, or tostones in Puerto Rico. I don't know what they call them in El Salvador.
                        Gloria's really serves a mix of dishes from all over Central and South America, so anything goes, I suppose. I don't mind it. I like how they take the most delicious dishes from all over Latin America.

                        1. re: luciam

                          Used to eat there many, many years ago when I lived in Oak Cliff.

                          Had an opportunity to return a few months ago when I was in Dallas for work, and made it a point to go to the original location (didn't know they expanded). The Margaritas were as wonderful as I remembered them, and certainly the right price. Don't recall what I ordered, but do recall enjoying the meal.