Known for their world famous Margaritas and Fajitas, Loco Burro is a Gatlinburg must for any fresh mex fanatic. Located in the heart of the Gatlinburg strip on the second floor above ¬†Johnny Rockets, Loco Burro’s bright store front signage makes it easy to find(it’s the one with the donkey in the logo). Complete with a full size mechanical donkey and a modern themed roof top patio with a great view of the Gatlinburg strip, Loco Burro is a great place for families or individuals looking for a good time.
The bar area down stairs is populated with a mixture of comedic wall signage, as well as incredible bar stools that resemble a donkey’s hind legs, while the upstairs bar area is open roof with a more modern, upscale approach to their furnishings and decor. Both replete with plenty of visual appeal, the interior design was executed very well as a perfect compliment to their obviously light hearted and fun brand.
Though there are mixed reviews over the level of service by the wait staff, our experience was generally positive with a minimal wait time and a friendly server. Like most traditional mexican restaurants, the chips and salsa were delivered to the table promptly after we were seated, however we quickly discovered their salsa to have a delightful surprise – it was warm! Normally this would have turned me off, but Loco Burro’s unique blend of herbs in spices in their tomato based salsa was the perfect compliment for this mexican restaurant staple. Needless to say, we had to ask for seconds.
Overall food preparation was done well. The tacos, (though a little pricey at 11.99 for 3 pork tacos) were prepared to perfection with a warm crisp corn shell, lettuce, tomato, mexican cheese blends, and in my case, Mojo Pork. (Shredded Chicken and Seasoned Beef also available). Served with “Fresh-Mex Rice” and Beans, the sides were ¬†average, but there wasn’t a lot of room left anyway after filling up on the yummy chips & salsa and delicious tacos.
The fajitas, unlike the tacos, were a flavor experience that might leave you needing a little taste bud therapy. Even though their fajitas are supposedly ‘world famous’, our experience was that the chicken was dry and the beef was a little charred. To be fair the flavor was quite delicious overall, but the texture and poor preparation of the meats in this mexican standard left us disappointed for the $18.99 price tag.