Grub Scout: New Casa Del Burro Flojo builds on substantial entrees

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Casa Del Burro Flojo

Knoxville

8079 Kingston Pike

865-247-0414

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Despite my four and a half years of high school and college Spanish, I didn't recognize/remember the word "flojo." But based on my translation research and the word's context, I'm interpreting the name of the new La Casa Del Burro Flojo to mean "house of the lazy donkey."

However, The Grub Spouse and I were focused not on international semantics but a mutual craving for Mexican food as we headed to this new west-end restaurant on Kingston Pike.

Overall, you won't find a lot of mold breaking going on at Burro Flojo. The interior is decked out in the familiar pueblo-style decor, complete with serapes, faux-brick wall coverings and beer-brand advertising. We were served the requisite chips and salsa within moments of being seated, and then we dove into quite a comprehensive menu.

The selection is also par for the Mexican-food course. Categories include chimichangas, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and a gaggle of vegetarian-friendly entrees. You'll also find some chicken- and seafood-based entrees as well as 35 different combo platter options served with beans and rice.

Noontime diners might gravitate toward the lunch specialties or express lunch options, and those not interested in south-of-the-border flavors at all are offered a small section of burgers, sandwiches and wraps to ponder.

I gave most of my deliberation to the Especialidades De La Casa section — which features several steak choices and items like taquitos, flautas and tacos de asada — as well as the Favorites section, where I was tempted by the likes of the Burritos Supremos and the shrimp fajitas.

I finally chose the El Burro Flojo Special — a chicken burrito and a chicken enchilada topped with lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and an avocado slice. The Spouse liked the sound of the El Burro Flojo Fajita Quesadilla — a choice of steak or chicken smothered in cheese sauce and encased in a traditional quesadilla-style tortilla. This meal is served with beans and rice.

Both entrees were substantial in size. Buried underneath the mounds of lettuce and sour cream, my burrito and enchilada were virtually indistinguishable by taste, although I thought both benefitted from tasty shreds of grilled chicken. I thought the avocado slices on top were a nice touch both visually and flavorwise.

The Spouse's fajita quesadilla was huge, the semicircular entree and its accompanying sides dominating the massive platter on which they were served. The steak had a satisfying grilled flavor, although some pieces were more sinewy than others. The Spouse had plenty of beans and rice for me to share, and I thought both were a decent effort.

Our server was very friendly and got off to a great start in terms of service, but we went through a long spell, after our food delivery, when we didn't see him again for any follow-up or drink refilling. He tried to make up for lost time at the end, but by then, we were honestly too stuffed to consider any of the usual Mexican-food meal enders like flan, fried ice cream or sopapillas.

Overall, I didn't think La Casa Del Burro Flojo was a wasted effort by any means, but I'm more likely to spend more time thinking about this restaurant's name than the experience itself.

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Food: 3.5

Service: 3.5

Atmosphere: 3.5

Overall: 3.5

Address: 8079 Kingston Pike

Phone: 865-247-0414

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays

Full bar service

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Bottom Line: This new West Knoxville restaurant serves up a wide array of Mexican favorites.

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