Fiesta’s ‘Special Dinner’ is the meal that has everything

Kori Siebert, Staff Writer

Last week I had the entrée of all entrées. It was a beast to handle but in 45 minutes I was able to tackle La Fiesta Brava’s “Special Dinner – a Little of Everything” dish.

For those of you who don’t like food and are cheap, this one isn’t for you. It was $11.99 and two full plates of food which included: chalupa with guacamole salad, chile relleno, beef taco, enchilada, tamale, rice and beans. And let me tell you that I would have not known what I was eating unless I had taken a picture of the menu to remember what the dish was.

I experienced real Mexican food outside of my usual taco I order, and I’m thankful for this eye-opening experience to food outside of my comfort zone.

So, while digging into my chalupa with guacamole salad, I had to google what I was actually eating because it was pretty dang good. It was just a fried tortilla piled high with a lot of toppings, and you just fold it up and eat it like a taco. Obviously I had to go back with a fork and eat the remains afterward because half of it fell out. But 9/10 for sure.

Up next, the almighty chile relleno, the reason I say alright is because whoever can finish this bad boy must be a super hero or something. This baby was hot I tell you what. I drank three cups of water throughout my 45-minute experience and two and half cups was just with this entrée alone. I’m kind of weak when it comes to spicy food, so if you can handle it, good for you but I barely could so this one gets a 7/10.

The beef taco on the other hand was something I could handle, and handle I did. It was an amazing breath of fresh air for trying two new foods, back-to-back. The white cheese on top was pretty tasty if I do say so myself. 10/10 will always be my answer.

Enchilada’s aren’t my most favorite in the world, I don’t know if it’s because of the tortilla (I’m a hard shell kinda girl), the red sauce, or the meat. It wasn’t bad, though I ate it all, it just wasn’t my favorite. I think my mom’s cooking ruined me, so I couldn’t appreciate the real deal so I’m giving this one a rating of 8/10 because I know if I like enchilada’s I would have liked this one too.

Next, the tamale, I had to do some googling on this dish too because I had never tried one before. I think the texture was something that I wasn’t thrilled about, just seemed kind of soggy with red sauce poured over it. 6/10 because maybe I don’t know what real Mexican food should taste like, sorry.

The rice and beans were amazing though, 10/10 for those, and I don’t even really like refried beans. The beans were covered in white cheese which made them even better, plus mixing the rice in the beans made it practically food heaven.

So overall if you’re down with eating lots of food you don’t know how to pronounce, this dish is for you. I liked the variety and I also liked that it filled me to the brim. But wait, we’re not done with this food review yet.

Last but not least, the mother of all queso dip, the cheese of cheese’s, it was a beautiful white cheese dip that was delivered in a small dish from heaven. And trust me I’m not being dramatic, if you’ve tried it you know what I’m talking about.

Their bowls aren’t nearly enough for one person, I could eat four bowls of that cheese crack before getting full. It was warm and soupy and just delightful. I can’t say enough praise to that queso dip.

All-in-all if you skipped over that whole article, Fiesta is great, the queso dip is a must, they do have dishes that cost less, but the Special Dinner won’t let you leave hungry.