It's Texas roadhouse grub and some of it is great.
I ordered the cheese enchiladas because that's always my first test for Tex-Mex food. Bar J's almost brought tears to my eyes. The enchilada was filled with cheese, onions and green onions, with plenty of real, melted jack cheese on top. I choose Texas, no beans, chili for the sauce.
This is stick-to-your-ribs-follow-you-home-and-keep-you-company-at-night food. It brought back memories of childhood in West Texas. As you can see from the photo below the dish had just the right amount of grease (I'm searching for a more appetizing word, but no luck). It was soo good I'm going to have trouble ordering anything else the next time I visit.
The other dishes we ordered weren't up to the standard set by the enchiladas. Keep in mind at Bar J the price includes just the entree. My enchiladas didn't come with frijoles or rice. You must order those as sides.
My wife had enchiladas with 'green chile sauce.' She was disappointed because the sauce was not a traditional green chile topping, instead it was a tomato-based sauce with a few chopped chiles added.
We also had a problem with the tamales. The default sauce is 'Cincinnati Chili.' When we moved here I was shocked to learn I'd been eating Cincy Chili all my life, only we called it spaghetti sauce and it has no business on tamales. And unfortunately the melted cheese on top is the concoction that looks like Homer Simpson brewed it at the plant. Not at all like the real cheese on the enchiladas. The measure of a good restaurant is how it responds when there is a problem. Bar J passes. The young lady serving immediately offered to bring out some Texas Chili which does belong on tamales.
I'm going back when I can. My advice is avoid the spaghetti sauce and initially stay with the basics.
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