El Rayo: Cool name for a radiation gun used to fend-off vampires from a Quentin Tarantino film or hip moniker for a health-conscience Mexican eatery? We choose the latter. Located on the concrete remains of an old gas station, your proverbial taste budded dipstick will be lubricated by healthy vegetable oil instead of 10W30 motor oil. Most entrées are well under $10.30 and won’t cost an arm and leg to fill up your gastronomic tank. From Tacos to Taquerera Salsa, the only gas you’ll deal with is the methane type you may pass. No farting around! It’s good value for your Peso.
“Antojitos” (appetizers) are modestly priced and diverse. Our Golden Jet Pineapple was amply spiced and ready for take-off. Sparks nearly flew from our “burros” as we danced around like John Travolta and Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction. It could be a tad hot for those who enjoy citrus teasers a little more tepid (like John Travolta and Kirstie Alley dancing in Look Who’s Talking). Thankfully, we were seated at the outdoor café.
Although the neighborhood isn’t too guapo compared to, let’s say, Cancun, its character is enhanced by a colorful building, huge funky logo, and loud, flashy, floral patterned bright yellow tablecloths. On a clear day, Cosmonauts can spy the brightness from space. The view from sea level is nearly perfectly waterfront… nearly. It’s a pleasant ambiance despite a few passing cars. For the vertically challenged, you’ll have to crane your neck a little to see Casco Bay.
El Rayo is great for your South of the Border fix where culinary creations stay true to the (Americanized) Mexican style. They use local ingredients, environmentally friendly and sustainable seafood. We split a HUGE Burrito, which a weaker couple would be hard-pressed to lift without assistance. We’re talkin’ BIG. The black beans were delicious and as organic as a fun guy… like our server. He was a very fun guy. Professional, polite, and prompt. The entire staff was friendly and sincere and made efforts to make all feel welcome, including the couple with the cute, babbling, drooling baby. Great service and great prices make for a great dining experience for all (including babies). Even your pet pooch is welcome… outside.
So watch 30 minutes of “Reservoir Dogs”, then call ahead one hour to add your name to the waiting list, as no reservations are taken. This joint always jumps and has a festive Happy Hour crowd too. Speaking of which, we washed down our meal with a couple of cool cervezas and lime. It was fun and fulfilling. El Rayo, Bravo! Hey, that sounds like a John Wayne flick! John Wayne’s “Rio Bravo” run time is well over two hours, so get some take-out and watch a movie at home as they have a great take-out menu too! Bravo, El Rayo!
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