I'm really not a picky eater, neither is my wife, or my father for that matter. However my wife is vegan and I like food that is half way decent, so we try to compensate for the hassle of serving us by being very friendly and not too picky. That's why my experience at El Chaparral surprised me.
About one week ago my father, wife and I went to El Chaparral for a quick bite before seeing a concert at Floore's. It took about 45 minutes to get a seat, which which was not their fault, but then it took us about another twenty to get any service or drinks.
When our waiter did come, he was kind of a jerk. My wife asked if their beans and rice were cooked with lard. Our waiter left without saying anything and ten minutes later came back to say they were. My wife then asked if it was possible to get the vegetarian enchiladas, but with the sauce on the side with no rice and beans, and a salad on the side, which of course she'd pay extra for. The waiter said he didn't know if he could do that and then took the rest of our orders.
In the meantime we ordered some guacamole for our chips with no onions in it. Of course when it did come there were plenty of onions to be found so we sent them back twice before they actually got the no onion thing right.
When our food did come my wife's plate came with two un-sauced enchilada's, no sauce on the side, with the rice and beans smack dab on the plate.
If this wasn't enough we had to ask several times for the side salad.
As far as the rest of our food went it was pretty sub par, I mean to be honest it was TacoBell level. Next time you're hungry for some overpriced Tex-Mex and crappy service, this is your place. But if you have dietary needs or concern expect to be treated like some kind of leper. This place is for the tasteless.
Pros: It was on the way to Floore's.
Cons: Everything else.