Best Mexican restaurant

June 14, 2013 

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EL GALLO GIRO

482 W. Main St., Kuna, 922-5169, elgallogirokuna.com

It is not true what they say about El Gallo Giro being the only reason to go to Kuna. It's not a bad little drive from Boise, and there's a decent view of mountain ranges to the south and west and an old-school downtown (in a good way).

And there's that combo platter waiting.

Service on a recent spring Saturday afternoon was better and faster than a pit crew at a NASCAR race. The homemade tortilla chips were made that morning and served with salsa and a tasty warm bean dip. The combination platter of taco, tamale and enchilada (choice of meat) was the size of a sombrero, and the choices to wash it down with ranged from a selection of Mexican cane-sugar sodas to beer, tequila and even local wines.

The dish itself - and the customized guacamole made to order to your taste - exhibited some artfully spiced combinations of sauce and cilantro, green onions and a beautiful slice of radish for garnish. A ranchera sauce and sour cream sauce are featured items. The plates are as festive as the wall decorations blooming with red and green patterns and celebration scenes. The staff members seem to lap the place every few minutes refilling soft drinks, tortilla chip baskets and dips.

Let's build a Kuna Connector.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Chapala, multiple locations, chapalarestaurants.com

• Casa Mexico, multiple locations, casamexicoidaho.com

• Cafe Ole, 210 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 322-0222, 404 S. 8th St., Boise, 344-3222, cafeole.com

• Andrade's Restaurant, 4903 W. Overland Road, Boise, 424-8890, andradesboise.com

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