Raul's Corral: Tex-Mex and Giant Animal Statues. What More Do You Need to Know?

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Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she haunts Raul's Corral, 200 Corinth St., 214-428-4500. Her mind wasn't blown by the food, but it was kind of nicely felt up.

Times I wondered if I'd seen this place in a movie, "Or was it a nightmare?": 30
Gas stations nearby boasting "hot foods": 15

When you see a giant longhorn statue in front of a restaurant, you pull the car the fuck over. (Same rule applies for any giant animal statues. In fact, if you're operating a restaurant and you don't have a giant animal statue out front, I'm not sure why you even own a restaurant.)

When you do pull over, you'll discover Raul's Corral, a Tex-Mex restaurant that also claims to serve steaks. That giant longhorn out front isn't actually in the Raul's parking lot. It stands in front of the ghost town next door. I'm not kidding -- there's a ghost town there, complete with ghost-town murals and ghost-town statues and ghost-town signs that actually include the word "saloon" and glaring-at-you ghost-town squatters. It looks like something straight out of an old Six Flags. Shoot your next shitty short film here.

Walking inside Raul's is even more awesome than I could ever have hoped it would be (except there were no strippers). Everything's old. Everything's brown. It's like being inside your grandpa's leather couch. It's clear that every tchotchke on the shelf in here walked in brand new and slowly grew into an antique. There are things on these walls that have vintage dust on them.

Pick a busted, old booth. Order the combination plate (chalupa, cheese enchilada, tamale, rice and beans) for $7.50. Say unto your meal, "Hey, stereotypical plate of Tex-Mex foods, thank you for gathering here today. I will now praise your names on high as I eat the shits out of you." And then do that.

My server at Raul's was great. She was generous with the cola refills, and she even pointed and laughed at a chile relleno that came out with a weirdly shlong-looking stem on it. But the food wasn't mind-blowing. (Note: The thought of a cheese enchilada giving my mind a blow jay is, in fact, shockingly unappealing.) Honestly, it wasn't even mind-motorboating. But it certainly meets the standard. If you're choosing between going somewhere for an enchilada and going somewhere that has a giant longhorn statue out front and an awesome ghost town attached to it for an enchilada, please make the obviously correct decision. You will thank you.

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34 comments
Luz
Luz

Is this the place with the, er, Native American statues in the back of the parking lot holding the sign that says "We likem dance"?

MattL1
MattL1

I've driven past this place a thousand time going to and from Cedar Crest.  Always wondered if the food was palatable, as the look of the place is undeniably cool. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

You should have reordered a more polite relleno and taken the impertinent one back to the office to cheer up Mr. Tone.  He is having a bad day today and needs to relieve a little stress.  Please remind Joe that I didn't refer to the "schlong" relleno nor did I imply how it wold relieve his stress.  I am trying a little bit of "classier" but it just doesn't feel right or honest.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I likey anything to do with the state animal of Texas, more Longhorns the better I always say.  Sounds like a cool little place, with the ghost town next door and all.

How were the Margaritas?How was the salsa?Was the relleno worth a damn?  (I'm a big fan o relleno's)

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Alice, thank you for taking the bullet for us time and time again reviewing these places..you're one awesome chick for doing so...

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Can you ask the Corinth Street Bum if he's glad Ceej is gone?  I am.  AND I'm glad the Sox didn't touch that flaccid, 7th grade girl talking turd.  

Recipe O' the Day:

Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus.  That's it.  Sprinkle with fresh parmesan, salt and raspberry vinaigrette-enjoy.  Maybe dice some fresh basil,  and roma tom's, to throw on top. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

FOODDICK HERE with the numbers........6 stories yesterday, with 28 comments.  I could write a blog about a gorilla sh+tting in the woods, and get more hits!  Hello?  (knock, knock).  This place is like West Texas.

ps-Alice, can you ask Raul what the best cure for the backsweats is/are?  

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Didn't see that, but it doesn't mean it wasn't there. I did see a very faded sheriff mural. He was stalker-y.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Salsa: individual bowls, which is great during gross flu season. Margaritas: looked good.Relleno: get the enchiladas.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

To avoid backsweats, eat yer messican food in Canadia.

Raul's North. I hear they serve a mean poutine w/tomatillo sauce.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

No one's holding a gun to your head, Kerg, and traffic's doing just fine, so if you find some other thread to terrorize, we'll probably get over it eventually.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

I need to know more about this gorilla: 1) Why is he in the woods?

I asked Raul about the bsweats. He said something like, "Tu madre"-- I don't know Spanish. Probably Google it.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Merk: Let's try to keep it on topic, eh? It's a restaurant blog. The writing, the reporting, the food -- lots to comment on without shit like this.

Thanks.

Kergs Blows Orangutan Pene's
Kergs Blows Orangutan Pene's

Thank you Joe for putting that fucktard Kergs in his place, which should probably be the un-lubed anus of an Orangutan! 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Kerg is onto something about the comments Mr. Tone.  Boring articles about one named restaurants aren't getting the crowds.  We love Alice and the Foodbitch's colorful language, kicking Scott in the nads and Sports. 

We were told (by yourself) that y'all can't dedicate any resources to the Sportatorium, and anyways whom would comment on the CoA articles.  Welp sir, we're up in here commenting, and while we'll touch the food base...we will also ramble about sport while we are here.

Kerg and me and Merk and TRP1 and Scruff have been around these parts for quite a while..since before Disqus..and we'll continue to come over and play from time to time, if'n that's alrighty with you, Joe.

Kergo 1 spaceship
Kergo 1 spaceship

You have never heard of the Forest Gorilla, indigenous to Papua New Guinea?  If you boil his bones, you will have the wit and supple wisdom of one thousand seers.

Kergo 1 spaceshi
Kergo 1 spaceshi

This is an indicator that Mr. Tone may be depressed.  Confucius say, "man wit no huma, haff no heart". 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ok senor, you got it!!!! Thanks agan sir!

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

I'm not asking you to be boring or snobby or douche. I'm not even asking you to be clean or classy. That ship sailed when we let Alice take the wheel. I'm just asking you to stay on topic. Happy Holidays to you too.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ummm, food and humor go together Mr Tone.  I think the tone of the comments was set by the language in the article, why are we discussing blowjays in this food article.  NOw dont get me wrong, I enjoy Alice's potty mouth and dont want that sensored but jeez that was probably the least harmless comment Ive made.  Oh well, Its your playgorund , and apparently I pushed the limit so Ill step back and revert to boring uptown snobby douche foodie!  Happy Holidays Joe

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

That's charming.  This blog either has "US", Marge from Little Elm watching cookin' shows, or people that have nothing to say.  I don't know, uummmm, I'd pick "US".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

thank you, I know I appreciate what you just said.  Im here for food fun and yuks.  Same as at unfair park, cept trade food for news.  Unfortunately for us, sports is a dark shadow to VVM, but we wont let sports be totally ignored here, we promise

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Dear Senor Tone, one of the reasons for increased traffic over here..is because of us sporty refugees...and I'd say other than us, there's about 10 folks that regularly comment.

It's y'all house/restaurant/whatever we're just the monkees throwing solids. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

I am a serious guy, live Uptown (meaning the DO pimps my readership) and DO is lucky to have these guys.  They are very funny--loved the unlubed Orangutan remark, though I always recommend protected sex, even with other primates--and more on point than "wow, my favorite Tex-Mex is Mi Cocina, its really awesome."  They are true fans of CoAs core talent--I won't list CoACTP (CoACore Talent Pool) because so far you are not included--and they know a lot about sports, certainly more than the fast talk on the radio and TV.  You have Robert dividing his time among all things political, and Sam on freelance, so thank you lucky stars for a sports department who also have some things to say about food  I believe some remorse and sincere thx are in order, Mr. Tone.  Is "Tone" a French or Italian word?

Kergo 1 spaceship
Kergo 1 spaceship

Wow, who knew JT's hot button was comments?  Hmmm?  Must be getting grief from the top?

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

This is all fine, JGG, and we're happy to have you guys. But you have to remember: comments aren't necessarily a good indicator of traffic or general interest, especially when those comments are driven by one or two or four people. The traffic on the blog is growing, and we want to keep growing it, and to do that we need a comment section that reflects the content and the audience -- which, when you guys stay on topic, you guys help create. But when you don't, you don't, and that's what we're trying to alleviate.

Is that fair?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

You have to eat them, too.  And Alice, they are in the woods because they have no houses and whenever they go house shopping someone kidnaps them and throws them in a Zoo.

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