Taco Tuesday! Dinner at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Taco Tuesday! Mexican food at El Torito in Sherman Oaks.

Thinking about chips and salsa! We hit up the El Torito Mexican Restaurant at Ventura blvd and Van Nuys blvd. There’s a parking lot that’s always full, valet parking and (TIP) street parking available. If you get lucky, you’ll find a parking space in the lot. If you’re smart you’ll find street parking at a meter on Ventura blvd, Moorpark street or Van Nuys blvd.

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Mexican Food at El Torito Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

Enter through the double doors and into the reception area. There’s a Taco Bar (and Lunch and Brunch) Buffet area and a hallway to the restrooms on the left. The Bar is ahead of you behind the hostess desk and the large dining room divided into three areas is to the right.

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Dinner at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

The Bar is usually busy, and on Tuesdays it is really crowded because of the Taco Tuesday $1.99 Taco special (It used to be $1.00) and the Taco Bar spread which is only available in the Bar area. It’s also very loud with music and conversation, so we decided on the regular menu and a comfortable booth in a quiet corner of the center dining room.

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At the Bar at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

The Bar is pretty fun if you can find a seat. They have beer, wine and spirits. Usually there’s a tequila drink (margarita) on special or it’s “happy hour” and there’s always a game on the televisions and loud music playing.

Besides the Taco special and Taco Bar Buffet, they have a Bar Menu with appetizers and small plates and you can order off the regular menu in the Bar area as well.

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Taco Tuesday! The Taco Bar Buffet at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

I haven’t tried the lunch buffet or Saturday/Sunday brunch in a long time, but it’s a pretty good value and a they have a lot of different choices available. A Mexican food buffet is always pretty good! Tacos, burrito makings, fajitas, enchiladas, tamales, rice, beans, desserts, fruit, salads, soups, salsas and more; and then breakfast foods, menudo, juices and pastries for the weekend Brunch buffets.

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Center Dining Room at El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks

The Dining Room is large and spacious, and divided into three areas. There are tables and large booths available. The menu is traditional Mexican (gringo-style) fare, but they recently upgraded the recipes and the food is very tasty and you get a lot of it!

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Mexican Food at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

Drinks from the Bar and all kinds of fun cocktails are available at your table too!

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Drinks on the Menu at El Torito in Sherman Oaks

On the Menu: Chips & salsa, Fiesta platter (nachos, beef flautas, chicken wings and a cheese quesadilla), Macho Combo (chicken burrito, beef taco, tamale & chile relleño with rice, beans and sweet corn cake) and a shot of Silver tequila with lime.

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Warm Tortilla Chips & Roasted Pepper Salsa

The chips are made fresh and served warm with roasted pepper salsa. They’ll make fresh guacamole at your table if you order it. They have a good selection of appetizers, entrees and ala carte items. Not so much on dessert, only deep fried ice cream, flan and a tres leches cake. Free refills on soda and most other beverages and more chips and salsa too.

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Silver Tequila Shot with Lime(s)

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Fiesta Platter! Nachos, Beef Flautas, Chicken Wings & a Cheese Quesadilla

I recommend the Fiesta Platter to start. Eat the nachos and chicken wings, take home the quesadilla and flautas. Then order a Macho Combo (your choice of four items) with rice, beans and sweet corn cake. Eat what you can and take home the rest for tomorrow.

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Macho Combo! Beef Taco, Tamale, Chicken Burrito, Chile Relleño, Rice & Beans

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Happy Birthday! Mexican Birthday Song at El Torito Restaurant!

It wasn’t my birthday, but the waitstaff came over and sang to the table next to ours so I got a nice picture. The service was excellent! I didn’t have to look around for our waiter because he was checking in with us regularly. When I finished the coke, he was right there asking “would you like a refill?”. Every request was handle promptly and the Manager even came by to ask how everything was.

The prices are reasonable. The Buffets and Specials are a pretty good value if you’re hungry and want to eat a lot of food. Drinks are also pretty reasonable and some of the drink specials are excellent! You get a lot of food and we even got a AAA discount on the check!

It was a very good meal and a pleasant dining experience. Good food and lot of it. The service was excellent and it wasn’t too expensive. A Very Happy Taco Tuesday!

El Torito Mexican RestaurantVentura Blvd (at Van Nuys Blvd) in Sherman Oaks

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Super Bowl 50 – BRONCOS WIN!

Super Bowl 50 – DENVER BRONCOS WIN!

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It’s Monday afternoon, the day after. Did you go to work today?

I have a massive headache.

I guess it’s a good headache. I celebrated the Broncos winning Super Bowl 50!

(Read the previous Blog for the “set-up” on the Denver Broncos and Super Bowl 50)

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I predicted the Broncos would win 27-17, the final score was 24-10.

And there was much rejoicing! The Denver Orange Rush – Orange Crush 2.0 DOMINATED! Fans celebrated into the night and early morning, both in Denver and around the world. Peyton Manning got another ring, drank a lot of Budweiser and went to Disneyland today!

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We had a party and watched the game.

On the Menu: Baked Buffalo wings, crudité plate with ranch dressing, garlic hummus & fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips, pistachio nuts, Doritos cool ranch chips, lightly salted peanuts, mini twist pretzels, pepperoncini kettle chips and MEGA peanut M&Ms. NOTE: It was a non-alcohol day, so orange/pineapple/cran-raspberry juice, iced espresso and coke were the beverages of the day. And of course there were Oranges!

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ORANGE! GO BRONCOS!

Halftime Show (for better or worse)

Coldplay just sucks. Pop music that doesn’t matter. Someone asked when they saw the rainbow motif, “Are they gay?” Other really snarky comments were tweeted. Then Bruno Mars got uptown funky, and was the highlight of the Halftime show, you can’t not like him. And then we were treated to Beyonce’s crotch! I think I like her old stuff better. Nothing wrong with a little “booty-shaking” at the Super Bowl though! It was better than “Up With People” or the New Kids On The Block. I was entertained (for better or worse).

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Bruno Mars getting’ uptown funky at Halftime!

 

BRONCOS FOR THE WIN!

Big Congratulations to everyone involved! I thanked them in the previous Blog, and I’ll thank them all again! This win was sweeeeeeet!

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“Now I’ve won the Super Bowl…”

And then Peyton thanked Budweiser, G-d and Papa John…

Here’s the real CHAMPION of Super Bowl 50:
Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips!

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Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

And he can take a hit: (RIGHT CLICK AND “OPEN IN NEW WINDOW” TO SEE VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMJ2zXS19Q 

The Denver Defense won the game! They dominated all season long. The “Orange Rush” was the deciding factor in every game they won, and the secondary was exceptional.  the Orange Crush 2.0 excelled at pressuring the QB, executing pass coverage and making big plays when needed. And all three were key factors in the Broncos victory.

MVP Von Miller

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Von Miller earned the Super Bowl MVP with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton.

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The Empire State Building in New York City Lit Orange & Blue for the Broncos Win!

Aqib Talib?

Now I’m going to talk about Aqib Talib and his OUT OF CONTROL BEHAVIOR. He should have been ejected (or benched by Denver) in the first quarter! He should have been traded after the eye poke against the Colts in November! He cost the Broncos 35 yards in penalty yards in the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 with two personal fouls, including an INTENTIONAL FACEMASK!

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WTF? Personal Foul 15 yards, Automatic First Down!

Late in the fourth quarter the Indianapolis Colts had pivotal third down, but Talib was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty for INTENTIONALLY POKING Allen in the eye. He cost the Broncos the game against the Colts and was suspended without pay for the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs for his eye-poke of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. After the game, Talib didn’t even remember poking Allen. “I don’t even remember, man,” he told USA TODAY “Just mad. I can’t even remember, man. I don’t know.”

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This was an INTENTIONAL FACEMASK! Personal Foul 15 yards, Automatic First Down!

Here are Aqib Talib’s 2015-2016 Stats:

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What the F*ck? Is Aqib Talib’s play so valuable that he should be allowed to cost the team a win and give the Broncos a black eye along with the other team’s player? Do we need a player who commits intentional penalties and deliberately injures other players? If the Broncos had lost, there would have been a lot of questions about his first quarter play!

And what about Cam Newton? What a LOSER! He got beat. He got punished. He was sacked six times and he fumbled in the fourth quarter with four minutes left when Von Miller threw him to the ground. Not only did Newton not go for the loose football, he jumped back after the Broncos’ defenders dove for it.

After his behavior this year and all his trademark celebrations: his dabbing and dancing, his fake jump shots after touchdowns, he completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and ended the game with one interception and two fumbles. He was throwing a tantrum on the sideline and in the end zone during the fourth quarter, showed little respect to the winning opposing team and then acted badly after the game.

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Cam Newton’s New Dab! What a Baby!

Cam Newton only spent five minutes an the post game press conference before bolting. “They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say. I’m sorry. They made more plays than us, and that’s what it came down to. We had opportunities. It wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than us.”  After the constant beating from the Broncos Defense, poor sportsmanship, bad behavior and a bruised ego was all he had left after the game.

 BRONCOS WIN! FIRE PHIL SIMMS!

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Only a few of the Tweets from the AFC Championship Game:

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And only a few from Super Bowl 50:

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Well, it was a VERY GOOD DAY! The Broncos won the Super Bowl! I am very happy.

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Oh Yeah! The Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50!

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This just in! Dead & Company headlining at Bonnaroo 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee on June 9th and will hit the road for a summer tour starting June 10th!

Dead & Company Tour Dates 2016
June 10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
June 20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
June 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 23 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 25 & 26 – Flushing, NY @ Citi Field
June 28 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
July 2 & 3 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
July 7 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 & 10 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 15 & 16 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

The jam band is also scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 18th.

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Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California