I have been visiting this restaurant for over two decades now and am thoroughly impressed at what endures: great service with frequent drink refills (into large glasses!), and amazingly low prices across the imaginative menu. It starts with the fresh, hot chips and tangy salsa. Whether the optional side order of guacamole (highly recommended) is "seasoned as in old Mexico" or not, it's an undeniable standout, like the wildly colorful, tongue-in-cheese wall art. I have happily sampled across the menu over time, from the Filet Mignon Jim Bowie Style and Chicken Fajitas, to the Mesquite Swordfish and the flaky, symphonic Corn and Black Bean Empanadas, to the surprisingly lively Mesquite Grilled Salmon Salad. Only the burgers have disappointed, being relatively bland and pedestrian, but that's on me. One does not go to an Indian restaurant expecting excellent Italian spaghetti, verdad? No desserts here, but plenty of delicious drinks to choose from. As a long-time student of and visitor to Texas and the American Southwest, I don't know what the erstwhile Louisianan Jim Bowie would have thought of his namesake filet mignon. But I certainly enjoyed it, and I feel confident that the old knife fighter and hero of the Alamo would have been a happy regular at the Border Cafe.
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